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Announces Changes to Comp Eliminator
its initiative to increase sportsman participation, NHRA
is announcing changes for Competition Eliminator beginning
in 2016. Changes are being made to the Competition Index
Control system that was originally introduced in the eliminator
in 1990. The changes are as follows:
All classes will have .10-second added to the class index
at the end of the 2015 season.
The “Mineshaft” policy introduced a few years
ago to decrease the potential for index adjustments when
favorable atmospheric and/or track conditions may contribute
to extraordinary performances will now include any event
where the first entry in the bottom half of the qualified
field is .610 under the racer’s class index. Previously
the policy only applied in fields of 13 or more cars.
A new “Personal Index” is being added to the
CIC system, to decrease the potential for class index
adjustments when favorable conditions at an event may
contribute to extraordinary performances that may not
be the case in other parts of the country. The personal
index will be applied when an individual records a .610
under or greater run during eliminations. The class index
will only be adjusted when a run of .710 or greater is
recorded during eliminations. Both will be adjusted on
.01 increments with no plateaus up to a .10 maximum adjustment
per event to a class index.
Once a driver establishes a personal index in two classes,
that driver is restricted to competition in the affected
classes only and will not be allowed to compete in any
other Comp class for the remainder of the current season.
If a driver establishes a personal index in only a single
class, the driver will be allowed to compete in any Comp
All qualifying will be based off of the class index. Any
elimination run between cars in the same class will be
heads up based off of the class index.
NHRA will continue to monitor indexes and performances
and will make necessary adjustments at any time that it
may deem necessary to maintain parity in the eliminator.
Racers Right At Home At PRI
BEACH, Calif. - Indianapolis,
the home of drag racing’s biggest event and many of
the top teams in the sport - and the home of the 28th annual
Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, where drag racing
teams look to find the latest innovation that can provide
them even the slightest edge in a sport where winning and
losing often comes down to one-thousandth of a second. This
year’s PRI Trade Show will take place at the Indiana
Convention Center from December 10–12, with Race Industry
Week beginning on Monday, Dec. 7.
drag racing market has always been a high-profile feature
of every PRI Trade Show going back decades,” said
John Kilroy, PRI Trade Show producer. “The sport
has never been more competitive, and that’s why
you see all the top teams here examining the newest innovations.”
addition to finding the top teams in the sport, you’ll
also find many of the sport’s top drivers meeting
with suppliers and sponsors, as well as checking out new
products. “I always like going to PRI,” said
recently crowned NHRA Top Fuel champion Antron Brown.
“I love technology and PRI gives you the opportunity
to see what’s new and what’s out there. Our
sport is just so competitive. We lost a race this season
by two ten-thousandths of a second, so everyone is out
there looking for even the slightest advantage.”
and innovation obviously play a huge role at PRI, but
the ability to get out in front of the industry and interact
with the huge drag racing presence at the show is a crucial
aspect that can’t go overlooked. “We planned
out the entire kickoff of our new team last year at PRI
and it couldn’t have gone better,” said Top
Fuel driver Clay Millican, who unveiled the new Parts
Plus/Great Clips team. “All of your sponsors and
partners are there. I love going to the PRI Show. It’s
a great place to do business, but as a car guy it’s
just a fun place to be.”
course, in the end, PRI is really about two things –
suppliers being able to show off the most innovative racing
products in the industry and attendees looking to buy.
additional information on the 2015 PRI Trade Show, or
hotel and travel information, visit www.pri2015.com.
Year Nationals at South Georgia Motorsports Park
GA – Ring in the New Year right at South
Georgia Motorsports Park and the 2016 New Year
Nationals, coming up Friday – Sunday, January 1 –
3, 2016. Classes include Super Pro, Bottom Bulb and Jr.
Pro pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis and
$50 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. All payouts based
on 75 car minimum. Entry is $115 per day or $300 for the
weekend. $50 buybacks; door cars are separate from the
dragsters until the ladder.
Bulb pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis and
$50 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. All payouts based
on 75 car minimum. Entry is $115 per day or $300 for the
weekend. $50 buybacks; footbrake is separate from the
transbrakes until the ladder.
Dragster pays $1,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and
$25 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. All payouts based
on 50 car minimum. Entry is $60 per day or $150 for the
weekend. $50 buybacks. Gates open Friday, Saturday and
Sunday at 8:00 am with time trials at 9:00 am and eliminations
Dick Moroso 5-Day Bracket Championship at PBIR
Fla. (November 20, 2015) - On Wednesday, November 18 racing
was plagued by numerous morning showers delaying time runs.
At around 1 pm the cars began to make their first passes
only to be stopped again by rain. Once the track was dried
drivers were eager to get racing and test the surface for
the first time.
eliminations began just after 5 pm, drivers were fierce
off the starting line with lightning quick reactions times
making the first round of eliminations intense. Just as
everyone began to fall into the racing rhythm with cars
continuing to go down the track, everything was halted
by mother nature again. After surveying the track conditions,
officials decided to stop racing for the night and pick
up in the morning.
the morning arrived on Thursday it was a different story
concerning weather... the sun was shining! Racing quickly
resumed with some racers starting to show their prowess.
Sean Lewis from Hampstead, Maryland had quick reaction
times throughout the eliminations going .000, .007, .003
only to be knocked out in Round 7. Lewis faced off against
fellow Maryland resident Bobby Spence of Woodbine. Spence
went on to receive a bye run for the Semi Finals while
the No. 1 qualifier Luke Bogacki from Caterville, Illinois
faced Peeps Pennington. Bodacki went -.007 seconds on
the light giving the win to Three Rivers, Texas resident
Pennington. Spence, dialing in at 5.86 seconds, now faced
Pennington for the final, who dialed in at 5.86 seconds.
Pennington fired off a .009 second reaction time and ended
up taking the win light.
Race 2 started immediately following the completion of
Race 1, allowing competitors only one time run before
going into eliminations. Kenny Underwood from Delaware,
Ohio took the No. 1 qualifying position in his 2015 Rattler
while pulling double duty driving two cars. Underwood
drove both his race cars deep into the quarter finals
where his 1967 Camaro got knocked out.
Connolly of Bradenton, Florida made his way into the finals
while continuing to lay down consistent and fast reaction
times, a skill he is famous for. Connolly dialing in at
5.91 seconds faced off against Underwood who dialed in
at 6.26 seconds for the finals. The pass was very close
with Connolly getting the win light. It was a huge celebration
for Connolly as the win catapulted him into the points
lead as well.
As the sun rose on Saturday morning to get underway for
Race 3, the weather forecast again gave race officials
an uneasy feeling with a very doubtful outlook of getting
any racing in on Sunday. Officials decided to pack Saturday
with Race 3 and 4 in the hopes of getting the most possible
3 started at 10 am and pairs of cars were going down the
track every 45 seconds to minimize downtime. Todd Ewing
of Vinemont, Alabama took the No. 1 qualifying position
and continued on to make it into the finals. Points leader
Dave Connolly was knocked out in Round 5, while Kenny
Underwood made it to the Quarter Finals securing both
racers good points scoring positions. Ewing faced off
against Tommy Norton from Huntingtown, Maryland. Norton
dialed in at 6.05 seconds to that of Ewing at 5.98 seconds.
Both reaction times were within .002 seconds but it was
Norton that took the win light running a 6.058 seconds
at 167.63 mph.
4 started immediately following the completion of Race
3 on Saturday. At around 3 pm the storm scheduled for
Sunday rolled in early halting all racing on the drag
strip. Rain continued into the evening hours and by all
forecasts, was set to continue well in Sunday. PBIR Officials
decided to call Race 4 a rain out and cancel Race 5 entirely.
The decision was made in the best interests of the racers
to allow them ample time to make the trip home safely.
Race 1: Peeps Pennington (5.95), 5.963
seconds, 157.21 mph def. Bobby Spence (5.86), 5.844, 170.39
Race 2: Dave Connolly (5.91), 5.924 seconds,
169.17 mph def. Kenny Underwood (6.26) 6.271 seconds,
Race 3: Tommy Norton (6.05), 6.058 seconds,
167.63 mph def. Todd Ewing (5.98), 6.010 seconds, 153.86
Points Champion: Dave Connolly - 232
more information regarding PBIR visit www.RacePBIR.com.
Annual Citrus Nationals at Palm Beach International Raceway
Beach County's biggest drag racing event of 2015 comes to
PBIR. The 34th Annual Citrus Nationals are coming
up Friday - Sunday, November 27-29, 2015. Pro Mods,
Top Eliminator, Super Eliminator, The Beat The Heat World
Finals, Street Bike, Junior Dragsters, and more compete
for more than $43,000 in prize money. The Pro Show will
feature the return of Bob Motz in his jet powered Kenworth
semi-truck, the Larsen Motorsports jet dragster team, Danny
O'Day in the Superwinch wheelstander, and more.
Race classes include Pro Mod ($10,000
Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $1,500 Semis and $800
Quarters; entry $275), Outlaw 632 ($1,500 Win,
$500 Runner-Up, $250 Semis and $100 Quarters;
entry $125), Ultra Street ($1,500 Win, $750 Runner-Up,
$300 Semis and $150 Quarters; entry $125), X-632
($2,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $450 Semis and
$300 Quarters; entry $200), Top ET (box, $2,500
Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $250 Semis and $100 Quarters;
entry $70, buybacks are $35) and Super ET (no-box,
$1,500 Win, $900 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $60
Quarters; entry $60, buybacks are $30).
Gates open 8:30 am Friday and 8:00 am
on Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.RacePBIR.com
for full event info and complete class and schedule info.
Bracket Bash at Auto-Plus Raceway
FL - Auto-Plus Raceway closes out
its 2015 season on Saturday, December 5 with the Holiday
Bracket Bash. The 1/8 mile race will feature a
$3,000 to win Box category and a $2,500 to win No-Box category.
payout structure in Box is $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up,
$300 Semis and $150 Quarters. Entry is $65, buybacks are
$35. The payout in No Box is $2,500 Win, $750 Runner-Up,
$200 Semis and $100 Quarters. Entry is $65, buybacks are
and throttle stops are permitted only in Box. Down-track
stutter boxes are prohibited. The use of a delay box in
No Box is strictly prohibited, however the use of a trans-brake,
4-wheel line-lock or auto-shifter is allowed. Drivers
must be able to verify delay box is disconnected from
car if vehicle is participating in the "No-Box"
category. Door-cars only in "No-Box" category.
One driver can participate in both categories, and one
car can be used in both categories. However, two drivers
can NOT share a car in the same class. Deep staging is
open at 9:30 am with time runs at 10:30 am. Visit AutoPlusRaceway.com
for more info.
Moren, and Lloyd Claim 2015 Raider ET Series Championships
MD - Steve
Witherow, Chris Moren,
and Allison Lloyd each claimed their stake
as the 2015 Raider ET Challenge Series champions at Maryland
International Raceway (MDIR) as the season long
campaign was completed with the final two day event on October
12th season of the Raider ET Challenge Series was originally
scheduled for 8 races over four weekends between Richmond
Dragway, Virginia Motorsports Park, and Maryland International
Raceway. Weather got the best of the original schedule reducing
this year’s chase to 6 races at 3 events with the
July race at VMP being a rain out. With the reduced number
of series events, this weekend’s results became
even more crucial for racers looking to claim the series
class championships along with a Gold Iron Tree Trophy,
over $150,000 in total cash and awards overall including
the “Major Sponsorship” awards provided by over
25 participating business partners to year end winners.
ET, Steve Witherow of Sumerduck, VA, overcame his 2nd place
position and a 20 point deficit entering the weekend, to
then points leader Will Kivett of Waldorf, MD to claim the
season championship. The battle came down to the very last
day of competition after both racers went an identical 5
rounds of action on Saturday. Kivett would bow out in the
2nd round the final day, while Witherow and his ’14
Racetech dragster would eventually finish the day in the
runner-up spot to Michael Boswell of Mechanicsville, MD
and claim the crown with 360 points to Kivett’s 350.
Jack Trussell also of Summerduck, VA, used a strong weekend
to claim the 3rd place position with 300 points. Witherow
has now claimed 3 of the last 4 championships, also winning
in the ’12 and ’13 seasons.
Mod ET, Chris Moren of Henrico, VA, used a 41 point advantage
entering the weekend to propel him to the season ending
championship position, finishing with 381 total points with
his ’68 Dart. Steve Witherow used a strong finish
in Mod ET as he did in Top ET, including a race win on Sunday
to propel himself to a 2nd place finish with 331 points.
Local standout and ’15 MDIR track champion Bobby Mattera
of Waldorf, MD rounded out the top 3 with 321 points.
turned out to be the tightest points chase of the season,
Allison Lloyd of Doswell, VA claimed the Junior Dragster
championship via a tie-breaker over Chad Logan of Nokesville,
VA. Both competitors would finish the 6 race season with
an identical 351 points forcing a tie-breaker to determine
the winner. Both racers each won one race on the season
and each had one runner-up to their credit. Lloyd would
claim the crown in the fourth tie-breaker via a better finish
in the ’14 season! Roger Thornton of North Chesterfield,
VA finished in 3rd with 321 points.
a Frenzy at Piedmont
Fall Footbrake Frenzy VII is coming up Friday
– Sunday, November 27-29, 2015. These 1/8-mile
races pay big bucks on all three days.
Friday’s and Sunday’s
races each pay $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up,
$600 Semis, $400 6th Round Win if 9-round race, $300 5th
Round Win, $200 4th Round Win and $100 3rd Round Win.
Entry per day is $100, 1st Round buybacks are $60.
The big race is Saturday and pays
$20,000 Win, $1,000 Semis, $650 6th Round Win
if 9-round race, $500 5th Round Win, $350 4th Round Win
and $200 3rd Round Win. Entry is $230, 1st Round buybacks
Enter the weekend for $380. No dragsters,
altered or bikes. Left-hand steer roadsters are OK. Deep
staging honored, double-entries permitted.
All payouts based on 150 entries. Gates
open for parking Thursday at 5:00 pm. Gates open Friday
at 8:00 am with time trials at 9:30 am. Gates open Saturday
at 8:00 am with time trials at 9:30 am. Gates open Sunday
at 10:00 am with a new-entry time trial at 12:15 pm. New
entries must be new car and new driver. Visit www.PiedmontDragway.com.
Series Adds Two New Tracks in 2016
Manufacturers Series reveals its 2016 schedule
which includes nearly forty events throughout the U.S.,
and the addition of two new host tracks: Cordova International
Raceway and Heartland Park Topeka. Designed to offer something
for every Chevy, Ford, and Mopar enthusiasts, the Manufacturers
Series takes place at 13-facilities throughout the U.S.
Each Manufacturers Series event, Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford,
and Mega Mopar Series is operated by its respective host
track and showcases a car show, drag racing, vendor midway,
swap meet and car corral.
New in 2015, the Manufacturers Series started
its own television show: The Menards Chevy Series which
currently airs on Velocity, Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m.
EST. The 30-minute program features high caliber Chevys,
unique restoration stories from car owners, and various
winners of sponsor awards including the Duracell “Crank
It With The CopperTop Award”, the RockAuto “Restored
Award”, the Original Parts Group, Inc. “Original
Award,” and the Minties “Top Dog Award.”
Also joining as a new track for the 2016
season will be Heartland Park Topeka. Jim Farnum, who recently
took over the track is excited to offer fans in the Topeka,
Kansas City, Wichita, and Manhattan Kansas areas, as well
as fans from the Omaha Nebraska, and Des Moines Iowa regions
a chance to bring their muscle cars out to the multi-use
facility. Heartland Park includes a drag strip and road
course that can be used at the Manufacturers Series events.
Super Chevy Show
Palm Beach, FL March 19-20
Memphis, TN April 8-10
Petersburg, VA May 14-15
Martin, MI May 21-22
Topeka, KS June 18-19
Dallas, TX July 2
Reading, PA July 15-17
Cordova, IL July 30-31
Denver, CO August 12-13
Rockingham, NC September 24-25
Bristol, TN September 30-October 2
St. Louis, MO October 15
Bakersfield, CA November 5-6
Fun Ford Series
Rockingham, NC April 30
Cordova, IL May 21
Denver, CO June 12
Petersburg, VA June 18
Martin, MI July 10
St. Louis, MO July 16
Topeka, KS July 23-24
Bristol, TN August TBD
Memphis, TN August 27
Bakersfield, CA September 17-18
Reading, PA September 17
Palm Beach, FL October 15
Dallas, TX November 5
Mega Mopar Series
Dallas, TX April 2
Rockingham, NC April 2
Cordova, IL May 21
Reading, PA May 22
Denver, CO June 5
Martin, MI July 10
Topeka, KS August 6-7
Memphis, TN August 27
Petersburg, VA September 17
Bakersfield, CA September 17-18
Palm Beach, FL October 15
2015 World Cup Finals at MDIR
Hundreds of teams and 22,000 fans from across the United
States, Canada and all over the globe poured into Maryland
International Raceway in Budds Creek, MD for the 20th Annual
Haltech World Cup Finals Import vs. Domestic event.
competitors took to the MDIR track in Outlaw vs.
Extreme competition gunning for the $10,000 cash
prize. This fan favorite class did not disappoint with several
low 6-second passes, wild rides, fire and air all weekend
Finals at Piedmonth Dragway Postponed
Summit Team Finals events for IHRA D1 and D9 at Piedmont
Dragway that were rained out have now been officially
postponed until the spring of 2016.
Dragway and IHRA have been frantically trying to come
up with a viable rescheduled date for these events ever
since they rained out,” said IHRA Division Director
Josh Peake. “Piedmont has a very aggressive schedule
of events for the remainder of the year that are contracted
out to other promoters. The track tried to shuffle around
their dates for us to get these Summit Team Finals events
in, but unfortunately the agreements they have with the
other people who have events coming up could not be moved.
Given the circumstances, we decided that our best bet
to have these events under better conditions and to give
all our racers a chance to better plan these events into
their schedules was to wait until the spring. We will
have dates finalized with the track in the next few weeks
and will let everyone know just as soon as possible.”
to Host the Real Pro Mod Association for Its Pre-Season Warm-Up
Real Pro Mod Association (RPM) and its
20+ members of the fastest ¼ mile door cars in the
U.S. will hold their pre-season warm-up event at Palm
Beach International Raceway beginning in 2016.
The pre-season event will take place February 26-28, with
a $20,000 purse being posted by the track in a 16-car qualified
format. The testing and race takes place just a few weeks
prior to the first NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series event
of 2016 in Gainesville, FL.
Mod racer Danny Rowe, along with JEGS representative,
Scott Woodruff, helped put the program together with Palm
Beach International Raceway. Rowe, a member of the RPM
Board said “Palm Beach is a perfect location for
all of the RPM teams to prepare for the start of the season.
Everyone loves the weather there in February, and with
the track putting up a good purse for the weekend, the
fans will get a great show of 250 mile-per-hour racing.”
fans are encouraged to come out and watch two qualifying
sessions on Friday, February 26, two qualifying sessions
on Saturday, February 27, followed by eliminations on
Sunday February 28, where spectators will get to witness
16 of the best Pro Mods in the country compete for the
grand prize. Race fans across the world will also be able
to watch the action on Bangshift.com, which will live-stream
the event. Between Pro Mod rounds fans can get driver
autographs and merchandise, and also watch high-caliber
bracket racing from some of the nation’s best Sportsman
Gann, Vice President and General Manager of Palm Beach
International Raceway, understands the increased popularity
of Pro Mods and its growing fan base. “Race fans
on the east coast will be very excited to have one of
the marquee events of the Spring season come to Palm Beach
International Raceway. The quality of entertainment that
the Pro Mod cars put on for side-by-side action is unbelievable,
and our fans will get to see 2-days of qualifying and
a full day of eliminations throughout the course of the
February 26-28 weekend.”
2015 National Performer Award Standings
Gambler’s Races at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
NJ - The season in the Northeast is in full swing and
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park will keep
it going strong through November with a series of Sunday
Gambler’s Races. The remaining dates
are November 15 and November 22.
ET (electronics; 7.00 – 12.99) pays $2,000
Win guaranteed based on 64 cars. $80 entry, $40 buybacks
(no buybacks on 10/25), double-entries permitted.
ET (no electronics; 9.00 – 17.99) pays
$1,000 Win guaranteed; payout will increase if more than
40 cars. Deep staging honored, no two-steps / throttle
stops / transbrakes / delay boxes. $60 entry, $40 buybacks
(no buybacks on 10/25), double-entries permitted. Bike/Sled
(no electronics; 7.50 – 15.99) pays $500 Win based
on 32 bikes/sleds. $50 entry, $20 buybacks. Grocery
Getter (15.00 & slower, no race cars, .700
Pro tree) pays 50% of entry to payout. $40 entry.
open at 8:00 am. Visit www.racewaypark.com
for more info.
Doorslammer Nationals at Piedmont Dragway
NC - The 4th Annual Doorslammer Nationals
are coming up Friday – Sunday, November 20-22,
2015 at Piedmont Dragway. These 1/8-mile races
are for door cars and left-hand steer roadsters only.
Friday and Sunday are $5K races that pay
$5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis, $300 5th Round
Win, $200 4th Round Win and $100 3rd Round Win. Entry
per race is $100, 1st Round buybacks are $60.
Saturday is the big $20K that pays $20,000
Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 5th Round Win,
$350 4th Round Win and $200 3rd Round Win. Entry is $230,
1st Round buybacks are $100. Buy a Weekend Entry for $380.
YES: door cars, left-hand
steer roadsters, double-entries, delay-boxes, Crosstalk.
NO: dragsters, altereds, deep staging,
downtrack stutters or throttle stops.
payouts based on 150 entries. Gates open for parking Thursday
at 5:00 pm. Gates open Friday at 8:00 am with time trials
at 9:30 am. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am with time trials
at 9:30 am. Gates open Sunday at 10:00 am with a new-entry
time trial at 12:15 pm. New entries must be new car and
new driver. Visit www.PiedmontDragway.com.
News On Location: 2015 Pennsylvania Dutch Classic at Maple
were on location at the NHRA Pennsylvania Dutch Classic
at Maple Grove Raceway on Saturday, October
10th, 2015. Classes were Stock, Super Stock, Super Street,
Super Gas, Super Comp, Competition Eliminator, Top Sportsman
and Top Dragster. Typical of our coverage, we tend to go heavier
than most on the early rounds so that we get as many cars
as possible. We also tried to position ourselves in a variety
of places around the track to provide numerous points-of-view.
will be presented in four parts, so be patient and stick
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IV is now up starting HERE,
or start at the beginning with Part I HERE.
Dragway Early Turkey Trot
AL - Huntsville Dragway’s Early Turkey
Trot big-bucks shootout is Friday –
Sunday, November 20-22, 2015 with gambler’s
races in Pro, Footbrake and Jr. Dragster. Pro pays
$5,000 Win on Friday, and $10,000 Win each day on Saturday
and Sunday. Entry is $100 for Friday, or $200 for
Friday $ Saturday, or $250 for Saturday & Sunday, or $300
for al three days.
pays $2,500 Win on Saturday and Sunday. Single-say
entry is $60, or two-day entry is $100. Jr. Dragster
pays $1,000 Win on Saturday and Sunday. Single-say
entry is $30, or two-day entry is $60.
for more info.
a New S&W Dragster at the 2015 Fun in the Sun Race
Race Cars is pleased to announce its support
of the 2015 Fun in the Sun Race - a Tribute to Scott Weney
- at Bradenton Motorsports Park November 13th-16th, 2015.
The 2nd annual ‘FIS’ race is dedicated to
S&W’s former President and ‘FIS’
co-owner, the late Scott Weney. Thanks to the efforts
of Scotty Richardson and Jeff Stange, the Fun in the Sun
race will continue to shine on! S&W not only looks
forward to supporting this event, but also future Gear
Head Racing Series promotions.
The S&W Performance Group will be
offering contingency prizes to daily ‘FIS’
Winners & Runner Up’s, PLUS one NEW 2015 S&W
Dragster Rolling Chassis will go to the ‘Race for
the Dragster’ Winner. Thanks to support from our
generous vendors, this dragster will be loaded! Featuring
components from: Strange Engineering, Sander Engineering
Inc, Pro-Werks, Pro Glass Windows, Taylor Motorsports
Products, ButlerBuilt Motorsports Equipment, Riggeal's
Performance Fiberglass, Van Industries, Inc., Fragola
Performance Systems, QA1 Motorsports, DJ Safety, Mark
Williams Enterprises, Inc., Wilwood Disc Brakes, Mcknight
Steel, Hoosier Mid-Atlantic & Precise Racing Products,
Quik Latch Distribution, PRP Racing Products, Vintage
Metal Craft, HydroGraphic Solutions, JAZ Products and
Great Valley Industries.
The 4-Link Rolling Chassis will feature
a 235? wheel base, 23? wide Carbon Fiber Seat, 1 piece
Fiberglass Body, a Quik Latch Nose (with trailer hanger,)
Hidden Tow Hook, New S&W Aluminum/Carbon Fiber dipped
dash and cover, Black Wrinkle Finish Interior, Powder
Coated Chassis plus much more. Visit http://gearheadracingseries.com/sw-dragster-giveaway/
to view the build progress.
named President, Michael Weney, and his sister Terri Weney-Gdowik,
will be representing the S&W Group, and presenting
the dragster race winner with his/her new dragster in
Parts + Collect Win Lights = Make Money at MDIR
International Raceway’s 10th Annual Fall Swap Meet
is Sunday November 15, 2015. If you need
to make room in your garage for that engine swap you have
planned in the off-season, then bring the parts you don’t
need to MDIR and turn them into Benjamins. A 15” x
24’ Vendor Spot is $25, a 15’ x 40’ Commercial
Vendor Spot is $115; commercial space must be reserved in
also be a $30 Test & Tune which includes a $1,000
Gambler’s Race for no additional charge. Gates open
at 9:00 am; test & tune starts at 10:00 am and the
Gambler’s Race is 3:00 pm. Visit www.RaceMDIR.com
for more info.
American DRAGCAR Throwdown at Wild Horse Pass
17th was the date. The American DRAGCAR Throwdown was the
race. Heads-up, all-out, no-breakout drag racing was the
format. This was a special invitation-only race comprised
of a field of 8 racers chosen out of the day’s earlier
DragSport Eliminator field. The 8 racers were chosen by
only one requisite, their qualifying ET, but nobody knew
what ET would get them into this field beforehand. In fact,
very few of the racers even knew such a field was going
to be drawn for this special free entry exhibition class
to be run off during the night’s Halloween Havoc event.
Annual Big Bucks Bracket Race at Caroline Dragway
Dragway hosts its 11th Annual Big Bucks
race on Saturday & Sunday, November 14 & 15,
2015. Races include a $20K on Saturday, a $10K on
Sunday, and Jr. Dragsters on both days.
Saturday’s race pays $20,000
Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $250 Quarters
and $100 Eighths. Sunday’s race pays $10,000
Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $100 Quarters
and $50 Eighths. Weekend entry is $250; 1st round buybacks
each day are $100. All payouts are based on 170 car minimum.
Door cars will run separate from dragsters for as long as
Jr. Dragster pays $1,000 Win, $400
Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters, based on
30 car minimum. Entry is $60, buybacks are $30.
open Friday at 3:00 pm for parking. Gates open Saturday
and Sunday at 8:00 am with time runs at 10:00 am. Visit
for more info.
Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series 2016 schedule
officials announced the 2016 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage
Racing Series schedule, headlined by the Nostalgia
Top Fuel and Nostalgia Funny Car categories. Entering
its ninth season, the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series
features Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars, and
has become a fan-favorite among drag racing enthusiasts
with classes for front-engined dragsters, altereds, and
NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series consists of two nitro
categories -- Nostalgia Top Fuel dragster and Nostalgia
Funny Car -- and two groups of additional classes. Group
1 includes A/Fuel, Jr. Fuel, and 7.0 Eliminator, and Group
2 includes Nostalgia Eliminator I, Nostalgia Eliminator
II, Nostalgia Eliminator III, A/Gas, B/Gas, C/Gas, D/Gas,
and Hot Rod eliminator. Racers in each class will run
a combination of events at which they will score points
toward the championships.
season opens with a new event at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports
Park in Phoenix, Jan. 16-17, for Groups 1 and 2, followed
by the famed Good Vibrations March Meet and the kick off
for the Nostalgia Top Fuel and Funny Cars, March3-6 at
Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., and the
Nostalgia Reunion at Sacramento (Calif.) Raceway in early
April. The series then heads north for the first of two
stops at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho, the NAPA Auto
series benefits the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum
presented by Automobile Club of Southern California through
a pair of Hot Rod Reunions that are produced by the Museum.
The Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion at Beech Bend
Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky., is the first on the
schedule, slated for June 16-18, and will be followed
by the popular California Hot Rod Reunion presented by
the Automobile Club of Southern California that will celebrate
its 25th Anniversary event and will conclude the series,
Oct. 21-23, at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield.
NHRA Motorsports Museum is proud once again to have our
Hot Rod Reunions be a part of the NHRA Heritage Series,”
said Larry Fisher, executive director of the Wally Parks
NHRA Motorsports Museum. “The Hot Rod Reunions and
the Heritage Series are just one of the ways that the
NHRA Motorsports Museum and NHRA work with you to preserve
and celebrate the story of American Hot Rodding. By being
a part of the Reunions, racers and spectators alike help
us share this uniquely American story with future generations.”
series returns to Rocky Mountain Raceways with a doubleheader
weekend in early June with two separate events for racers
in Groups 1 and 2 along with Funny Car action on Friday
and Saturday. A Funny Car only event returns to Mission
Raceway Park in July for its fourth year on the schedule
before the series heads back to Firebird for its traditional
Nightfire Nationals event that features both the Top Fuel
and Funny Car categories in August. Group 2 classes then
end their season at the Nostalgia Fall Championship at
Auto Club Famoso in September.
NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series was developed in 2008
to help preserve NHRA's rich history and tradition while
providing racing opportunities for those enthusiasts who
enjoy nostalgia drag racing competition.
NHRA HOT ROD HERITAGE SERIES SCHEDULE (Event
/ Location / Date / Classes)
Series Opener / Wild Horse Pass Motorsports / Jan. 16-17
/ Groups 1&2
Good Vibrations March Meet / Auto Club Famoso / March
3-6 / TF/FC/Groups 1&2
Nostalgia Reunion / Sacramento Raceway / April 1-3 / Groups
NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor / Firebird Raceway / April 29-May
1 / FC
Summer Kick-Off / Rocky Mountain Raceways / June 10 /
FC/Group 1&2 / June 11 / Group 1&2
Holley National Hot Rod Reunion / Beech Bend Raceway /
June 16-18 / TF
NHRA National Open / Mission Raceway Park / July 23-24
Pepsi Nightfire Nationals / Firebird Raceway / Aug. 11-14
Nostalgia Fall Championships / Auto Club Famoso / Sept.
17-18 / Group 2
California Hot Rod Reunion / Auto Club Famoso / Oct. 21-23
TF – Nostalgia Top Fuel
FC – Nostalgia Funny Car
Group 1 – A/Fuel, Jr. Fuel, 7.0 Eliminator
Group 2 – NE 1, NE 2, NE 3, A/Gas, B/Gas, C/Gas,
D/Gas, Hot Rod
subject to change.
News: A Look at Mark Williams Hi-Torque Axles
I received this from our friends at Mark Williams
Enterprises and thought it was timely information,
given that the 2015 season is winding down and some of you
might be planning on freshening or upgrading your rears
for next season.
and long-term dependability are built into each and every
Mark Williams Hi-Torque axle. That's why
you'll see veteran racers who have used the same M-W axles
for over 30 years. Quite simply, they're the best axles
you can buy.
True Involute Splines
The preferred method to ensure optimum spline contact
area and compatibility with other driveline components
is to employ true involute splines. Mark Williams Enterprises
has developed a special CNC process to manufacture the
involuted profile splines while maintaining accurate sizing
and control concentricity. Spline length is also optimized
for each axle, which is custom made for the exact application.
All M-W axles are custom made for the exact application,
and feature precise taper and spline length. From there,
you have multiple options to reduce critical unsprung
weight. These include gun-drilling, geometric flange lightening
and hub pockets. The Ultimate 300M axles can be lightened
more due to its increased strength.
Premium Grade Alloys
The base Hi-Torque axles are manufactured from premium
grade Timken™ nickel-chromium-molybdenum alloy forgings
that are Austempered for optimum ductility. They can "wind"
and unwind like a torsion bar and won't snap like lesser
quality axles. The top-of-the-line Ultimate Lightweight
axles feature high strength Carpenter Steel™ 300-M
more information visit www.markwilliams.com.
NHRA Division 1 Racers: Get Out The Vote!
Northeast Division Special Awards Ballot voting is
now open. You can vote for Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Driver
of the Year, Summit ET Driver of the Year, Crew Chief of the
Year, Track of the Year and Person of the Year.
link to place your votes for the candidates you
feel deserve the awards. Voting Ends December 1.
Blast at South Georgia Motorsports Park
GA - To
our racing friends in the Southeast, South Georgia
Motorsports Park will be the place to be Wednesday
– Sunday, November 4-8, 2015 for the Superbuck
Blast. There’ll be five, that’s right, FIVE
full days of big bucks 1/8 mile racing!
Wednesday’s and Thursday’s
races each pay $10,000 Win, $2,500 Runner-Up,
$1,000 Semis, $400 7th Round R/U, $300 6th Round R/U,
$200 5th Round R/U and $100 4th Round R/U. Single-day
entries for these races are $150, 1st Round buybacks are
Friday’s and Saturday’s
races each pay $20,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up,
$1,200 Semis, $700 7th Round R/U, $500 6th Round R/U,
$400 5th Round R/U and $300 4th Round R/U. Single-day
entries for these races are $225, 1st Round buybacks are
Sunday’s race pays $10,000
Win, $2,500 Runner-Up, $1,200 Semis, $400 7th
Round R/U, $300 6th Round R/U, $200 5th Round R/U and
$100 4th Round R/U. Entry for this races is $150, 1st
Round buybacks are $100.
A 3-day weekend pass (Fri/Sat/Sunday)
is $500. A full 5-day pass is $690. All payouts based
on 175 entries per race. No double-entries; one driver
per car but one driver with two cars is permitted.
will be open 24/7. Visit www.GoRaceSGMP.com
for more info.
Weney Named S&W Performance Group President
City, PA - October
23, 2015 - Michael Weney has been named
S&W Performance Group President. Mr.Weney
was promoted on Wednesday October 21st, 2015, by his proud
father and company founder, Walt Weney. Previously, Michael
held the position of Executive Vice President of the groups
S&W Race Cars division (2005-2015.)
He began working for the family business, in 1975. Naturally,
he spent most of his younger years at the drag races, working
with his father's race team with his brothers Gary, Scott
and sister Terri. As other teams recognized Michael's skills,
he was invited to work with such greats as; Jade Grenade
TF, Swenson & Lani's FC, Jungle Jim/Jake Crimmins FC,
Frantic Ford FC, Neil Mahr and many of Scott's cars throughout
the years. "My most memorable 'racing experience' was
attending the 1st Annual NHRA Puerto Rico Nationals, in
Salinas - 1975," said Weney. "My family and I
were honored to be representing the USA, and it's something
that I will never forget."
the late 80's, Weney made the difficult decision to venture
outside of the family business. He accepted an offer to
become the General Manager of a large screen printing equipment
factory, in Philadelphia. Michael also saw the value of
education, as he attended The Philadelphia School of Business
in the evenings. After gaining 'outside world' experience,
he returned to S&W in the early 90's. Since, he has
held many positions within the company including draftsman
to shop foreman and everything in between. He has played
an integral role in S&W's expansion and in their numerous
accomplishments such as: Car Craft Chassis Builder of the
Year Awards, Best Engineered, Best Appearing, Record Setting
and World Championships with all types of cars and classes.
Michael looks forward to leading the group to continue the
56 year history of growth and great accomplishments, as
his father and brother did so well before him. The new President
will be attending the Tribute to Scott Weney / Fun in the
Sun Race at Bradenton, FL Nov. 13-16th, 2015. He will be
proudly presenting the Dragster Give-A-Way race winner with
a brand new 2015 S&W Dragster Roller. Michael stated,
"This is an emotional project that would not be possible
without the participation of S&W's generous vendors."
In addition to attending the FIS race, he will also be attending
the PRI Show this December.
Michael is not only a 'family-business' man, he is a family
man as well. He has the support of his wife of 29 years,
Marlene and his daughters Jillian, Amanda and Nicole. Michael
and Marlene are also blessed with four grandchildren; Isabella,
John, Hayden and Aubrey.
Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Championship at PBIR
FL - The 2015 Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket
Race is coming up November 18th - 22nd,
2015. Each day features a 1,000-foot big-money
race for electronics-equipped race cars.
payout per race is $12,500 Win, $2,500
Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters, $250
Eighths and Free Entry for Sixteenths. Racer entry at
the gate is $200 per day.
are guaranteed at 130 cars. All-run
field, 12.99 and quicker. One driver per car; one driver
with two cars permitted. No double entries. No MSD 7531.
No traction control. No stutter boxes. No down track stuttering
allowed. The only ignition interruption allowed is the
2-Step on the starting line. Digital delay boxes okay.
open 6:30 am each day, with a complimentary racer breakfast
each day from 6:30 am 9:30 am, followed by a 10:00 test
& tune and eliminations at 1:30 pm.
for more info including complete rules.
NHRA Division 2 LODRS at Silver Dollar Raceway
Ga.– Arnie Martel raced to the
win in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Silver Dollar
Raceway over the weekend. With just one divisional and two
national events left to finish the season, the Lucas Oil Championship
races have heated up.
In the final round of Comp Eliminator it was Martel, Tewksbury,
Mass., who was a little late at the green but ran down Don
Eckel, Piscataway, N.J., for the win with a pass
of 7.553 seconds at 168.11 miles per hour in his ’15
Camaro. Eckel ran a pass of 6.961 seconds at 190.86 miles
per hour for a runner-up finish. This was Martel's fourth
divisional win of the season and the win keeps him in contention
for the Lucas Oil Championship. Martel now sits only eleven
points behind the leader Craig Bourgeois.
Morris, Louisville, Ky., was closer to his dial in running
a winning lap of 9.740 seconds at 133.87 mph in the Super
Stock class. This is Morris’ fifth divisional Wally
trophy, and his second earned this season. He won the Super
Stock race at the North Central event at Summit Motorsports
Park in May of this year.
Payne scored his second divisional Wally in Stock Eliminator,
and is a perfect two-for-two in final rounds. He ran a 10.899
second lap at 119.77 mph defeating Justin Picillo, Warwick,
R.I., in his ’72 Chevelle. Payne’s previous
win came in 2009 at the Southeast Division event in Orlando.
Denver Maltba, Newland, N.C., scored his second-ever divisional
Super Comp Wally, over Tony Helms, Ringgold, Ga., with a
winning pass of 8.916 seconds, at 179.61 miles per hour.
a close final round in Super Gas and Super Street. The title
for Super Gas went to Jacob Elrod, out of Lima, Ohio, and
his ’92 Corvette posting a lap of 9.893 seconds at
154.33 mph to defeat John Labbous of White House, Tenn.,
who went 9.887 seconds at 162.25 mph in his ’63 Corvette.
Elrod has three divisional Wallys; making him three for
four in final rounds. This win now puts Elrod in the points
lead for the Super Gas National Championship. In Super Street
Franky Bishop earned his first ever Wally trophy running
his ’72 Nova at 10.909 seconds at 127.32 miles per
hour taking out David Polichena, Lake Worth, Fla., in his
’69 Firebird with a lap of 10.931 seconds at 146.38
miles per hour.
In other racing news, Joe Hessling, Toledo, Ohio, took out
Steve Furr, Harrisburg, N.C., in Top Dragster; Casey Spradlin,
Ranburne, Ala., in his ’37 Chevy defeated James Noel,
Westminster, S.C. in Top Sportsman; and in the 11.00 index
class Jake Sealey, Aiken, S.C., defeated Matt Weston, Wellford,
Rollins of High Springs, Fla., outlasted the 16-car field
on Saturday to take home the win and the $2,500 payday in
the NHRA Moser Sportsman Shootout.
round results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
at Silver Dollar Raceway:
Arnie Martel, Tewksbury, Mass., '15 Camaro, E/AA, 7.553,
Don Eckel, Piscataway, N.J., ProStart, C/DA, 6.961, 190.86.
Nicholas Morris, Louisville, Ky., '98 Mustang, FGT/F, 9.740,
Mark Nowicki, Gaylord, Mich., '98 Avenger, FGT/D, 9.558,
Butch Payne, Rome, Ga., '97 Firebird, D/SA, 10.899, 119.77
Justin Picillo, Warwick, R.I., '72 Chevelle, J/SA, 11.718,
Denver Maltba, Newland, N.C., dragster, 8.916, 179.61 def.
Tony Helms, Ringgold, Ga., dragster, 8.908, 177.35.
Jacob Elrod, Lima, Ohio, '92 Corvette, 9.893, 154.33 def.
John Labbous, White House, Tenn., '63 Corvette, 9.887, 162.25.
Franky Bishop, Albany, Ga., '72 Nova, 10.909, 127.32 def.
David Polichena, Lake Worth, Fla., '69 Firebird, 10.937,
Joe Hessling, Toledo, Ohio, dragster, 6.989, 185.77 def.
Steve Furr, Harrisburg, N.C., dragster, 6.650, 195.96.
Casey Spradlin, Ranburne, Ala., '37 Chevy, 6.934, 194.49
James Noel, Westminster, S.C., '69 Mustang, 7.619, 176.95.
Jake Sealey, Aiken, S.C., '93 Mustang, 10.953, 115.44 def.
Matt Weston, Wellford, S.C., '70 Camaro, 10.929, 121.43.
2015 National Performer Award Standings
Sportsman World Finals Returns to Memphis in 2016
Ohio - The International Hot Rod Association™
(IHRA) Summit Tournament of Champions and Summit SuperSeries
World Championship events will return to Memphis International
Raceway (MIR) in 2016. The track will host what is collectively
known as the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals on October
IHRA will award over $500,000 in cash and prizes during
World Finals weekend to sportsman racers through the Summit
Pro-Am Tour, Summit Tournament of Champions and Summit SuperSeries.
Racers travel from all of the country to compete for 11
sportsman championships and the updated event will focus
solely on them.
Debuting in 2009, the Summit Tournament of Champions has
grown exponentially over the past few years and holds its
place as the nation's premier sportsman event. The rules
are simple - finish in the top-three in one of the six Summit
Pro-Am divisions and qualify for the year-end championship
tournament. Once there, all qualified drivers in their respective
classes go head-to-head for the world championship in the
following classes: Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock,
Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod, Hot Rod and Junior Dragster.
Summit SuperSeries is comprised of more than 100 IHRA
member tracks within regional IHRA divisions. The competition
is populated by Sportsman competitors, or ET Bracket Racers,
who are the backbone of grassroots drag racing. Top (Box),
Mod (No Box) and Junior Dragster compete at participating
IHRA tracks in head-to-head competition each week. Each
track crowns a Summit SuperSeries track champion who will
then move on to race other track champions at the IHRA
World Finals for the Summit SuperSeries World Championship.
more information, please visit www.IHRA.com
Adjusts Horsepower After The Keystone Nationals at Maple Grove
the result of runs under the Automatic Horsepower Factoring
System (AHFS) 1.20-second under policy, the following changes
have been made:
The horsepower rating for 2008 Ford Cobra Jet entries
with the 330 cubic inch engine and a factory rating of 425
currently rated at 519, has been increased by seventeen
horsepower, to 536 horsepower; for Stock Eliminator.
The horsepower rating for 2015 Dodge Drag Pak entries
with the 426 cubic inch engine and a factory rating of 460
currently rated at 466, has been increased by sixteen
horsepower, to 482 horsepower; for Super Stock Eliminator.
NHRA's 2015 Automatic Horsepower Factoring System outlines
that any run of 1.20-seconds or more under the index will
receive an immediate index decrease or horsepower increase.
Eastern Classic at Maryland International Raceway
International Raceway hosts its 23rd Annual Mopar Eastern
Classic on Saturday, October 31st, 2015. This drag race,
car show and swap meet is open to all Mopar and AMC vehicles.
race classes include Top ET, Mod ET, and Street ET. Top
ET (0.00 – 12.99, electronics permitted) pays $500
Win, $200 Runner-Up, $75 Semis, and $40 Quarters.
Entry is $40, buybacks are $30. Mod ET (9.00 –
slower, footbrake only) pays $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up,
$75 Semis, and $40 Quarters. Entry is $40, buybacks are
$30. Street ET (9.00 – slower, headlights
/ brake lights / mufflers required; slicks OK) pays $500
Win, $200 Runner-Up, $75 Semis and $40 Quarters.
Entry is $30, buybacks are $20. There’ll also be
a Top Sportsman Quick 8 that pays $500 Win / $200 Runner-Up
for no additional charge. This is open to the quickest
8 doorslammers in Top ET. This is a separate 3-round eliminator
that will seed all 8 racers into the Top ET race. Also
on the schedule is the Nostalgia Super Stock Open, a wheelstand
contest and a special appearance by the First Lady of
Alcohol funny car, Bunny Burkett.
open at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. For more
information visit www.racemdir.com.
Nationals at Kil-Kare Raceway
OH - Kil-Kare Raceway presents its
$5Grand Nationals Saturday and Sunday,
October 31-November 1, 2015. Classes include Box, No Box,
Bike and Jr. Dragster.
pays $5,000 Win, $1,800 Runner-Up, $600 Semis,
$200 Quarters and $100 Eighths. Entry for either day is
$100, or enter the weekend for $175. Buybacks are $50.
Box pays $2,000 Win, $800 Runner-Up, $300 Semis,
$100 Quarters and $60 Eighths. Entry for either day is
$60, or enter the weekend for $100. Buybacks are $30.
pays $400 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and
$35 Quarters. Entry for either day is $35, or enter the
weekend for $50. Buybacks are $20. Jr. Dragster
pays $250 Win and $150 Runner-Up. Entry for either
day is $15, or enter the weekend for $25. Buybacks are
open at 10:00 am. Visit www.kilkare.com
for more info.
Tech Department Releases 2015-to-2016 Rule Amendments
NHRA Technical Department released the 2015 to 2016 Rule
Amendments. These amendments document the NHRA rule changes
that will come into effect beginning January 1, 2016.
The 2016 Rule Amendments can be accessed HERE.
additional product specifications called out in the rulebook
can be obtained HERE.
periodically to get updates on the most recent Rule Amendments.
Pennsylvania Bracket Championship at South Mountain Dragway
Springs, PA – South Mountain Raceway
wraps up its 2015 racing season on Sunday, October 25th with
the NHRA Pennsylvania Bracket Championship,
a special-event program for its member tracks and E.T. bracket
racers that awards a unique, specially-designed NHRA Pennsylvania
State Championship Wally plaque. Classes include Super Pro,
Pro ET, Bike/Sled, Street DOT and Trophy.
ET (4.50 – 7.75) pays $600 Winner, $375 Runner Up
and $115 Semis. Entry Fee $55, 1st Round Buy Back $30. Pro
ET (5.70 – 8.99) pays $500 Winner, $300 Runner Up
and $100 Semis. Entry Fee $45, 1st Round Buy Back $25. Bike/Sled
(4.50 and slower) pays $435 Winner $270 Runner Up
and $80 Semis. Entry Fee $40, 1st Round Buy Back $20. Street
DOT (7.35 and slower) pays $380 Winner, $240 Runner Up
and $70 Semis. Entry Fee $35, 1st Round $15 Buy Back. Trophy
DOT (4.50 – Slower) pays $200 Winner, $140 Runner
Up and $50 Semis. Entry Fee $30, 1st Round Buy
Back $10. Minimum 64 entries for full payouts in each class
except minimum 32 entries in Trophy.
open Saturday October 24th at 1:00 pm for overnight parking
(no hookups). Gates open at 8:30 am on Sunday with time
runs at 11:00 AM. Visit www.SouthMountainRaceway.com
for more info.
Footbrake Nationals at I-64 Motorplex
KY – I-64 Motorplex presents
its Inaugural Kentucky Footbrake Nationals, Friday
– Sunday November 6-8, 2015.
Friday’s and Sunday’s
races each pay $7,500 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up,
$1,000 Semis and $100 Round starting with 3rd Round Win.
Single day entry is $125. 1st Round buybacks are $60.
Saturday’s race pays $10,000
Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis and $100
Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Single day entry is
$150. 1st Round buybacks are $75. Weekend entry at the
gate is $350.
Races are 1/8th-mile. Double-entries and
deep staging permitted. Gates open for parking and a test
& tune on Thursday at 3:00 pm. Gates open Friday at
10:00 am with a time run at 11:00 am. Gates open Saturday
at 9:00 am with a time run at 10:00 am. Gates open Sunday
at 10:00 am. For more information visit www.I64Motorplex.com.
Finish Line Experience Debuts at Gateway Motorsports Park
LOUIS, Mo - Gateway Motorsports Park
introduced an exciting new attraction that promises to revolutionize
the racing experience for motorsports fans. This new Extreme
Finish Line Experience, which debuted at GMP’s
NHRA AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals, is a bi-level raised
viewing platform, 30 feet high, that affords spectacular
and exclusive views of the racing action for private and
corporate group entertaining.
new Extreme Finish Line Experience was positioned at the
finish line where there are currently no grandstands.
GMP officials gave fans a free preview at the event and
the attraction received rave reviews.
“The fan feedback was exactly what we were hoping
for,” said GMP Executive Vice President & General
Manager Chris Blair. “Our new Extreme Finish Line
Experience revolutionizes the way our motorsports fans
view the action. This unique perspective allows fans to
see and feel the cars racing toward them all the way from
the starting line through the finish line. The sight lines
are spectacular. This attraction changes the way fans
watch racing at the track.”
The Extreme Finish Line Experience platform is portable,
which makes it mobile for relocation to pit road at the
NASCAR superspeedway or the off-road Dirtplex for an equally
remarkable viewing experience. This platform also allows
GMP to customize the fan experience to suit almost any
group or corporate entertainment budget. The first opportunity
for fans to secure the platform will be at next year’s
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, where the unit
will be positioned directly over pit road.
Pricing for reserving the platform will be available soon.
For more information about reserving the Extreme Finish-Line
Experience, visit www.gatewaymsp.com.
note: Having it for the national event is nice but it would
be cool if it were set up for bracket races where the finish
line IS the race.
Southern Classic at Mt. Park Dragway
City, KY - The Original Mopar Southern Classic
is Friday - Sunday, November 6-8, 2014 at
Mt. Park Dragway.
is a test & tune. Saturday is Mopar
Takes On The World in Super Street, Top ET, Modified,
Quick 16 and Slant 6. Other makes are welcomed to enter
to take on the Mopars. Super Street pays $500 Win,
$150 Runner-Up, $80 Semis and $40 Quarters. Entry
is $40, buybacks are $20. Top ET pays $2,000 Win,
$500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, $80 Quarters and $40
Eighths. Entry is $60, buybacks are $40. Modified
pays $1,200 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50
Quarters and $25 Eighths. Entry is $50, buybacks are $30.
Quick 16 pays $1,200 Win, $400 Runner-Up
and $100 Semis. Entry is $100, no buybacks. Slant
6 pays $300 Win, $150 Runner-Up, $50 Semis and
$25 Quarters. Entry is $40.
is for Mopars only, with bracket racing in Top
ET, Modified and Super Street. Top ET pays $1,500
Win, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis and $50 Quarters.
Entry is $60, buybacks are $40. Modified pays $1,000
Win, $400 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $40 Quarters.
Entry is $50, buybacks are $30. Super Street pays
$350 Win, $100 Runner-Up, $50 Semis and $20 Quarters.
Entry is $30, buybacks are $15.
open Friday at 2:00 pm for a test & tune. Gates open
Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am. Visit www.MPDragway.com.
SuperSeries Crowns Bracket Racing World Champions at the IHRA
Ohio (October 14, 2015) - Memphis International
Raceway (MIR) hosted the Summit SuperSeries champions
from each of the six International Hot Rod Association
(IHRA) divisions. These regional champions competed for
champion status among bracket racers on October 9-11,
Parrish, the 2015 Summit SuperSeries Top Champion
stood in the winner's circle with both his winning 1968
Nova and his new turn-key 2015 American Race Cars dragster.
The dragster prize features custom paint from Imagine
That Custom Paint, a Trick Flow Specialties 572 cubic
inch big block is constructed with a wealth of hardware
by manufacturers listed on the Summit SuperSeries dragster
build page. Parrish's prize package also included a $10,000
pay day from Summit Racing Equipment, an Aruba vacation
for two by Around Aruba Tours, his World Champion Ironman
and a diamond IHRA World Championship ring.
Heckenlaible, from Utica, South Dakota held his
2015 World Championship Ironman in the winner's circle
for his Mod championship performance. Cory will be towing
his Mustang in style soon with a new Performax Trailers
26 foot enclosed trailer as well as a prize package including
a $10,000 winner's check from Summit Racing Equipment,
a $2,500 gift certificate from Trick Flow Specialties,
a new Gemini 2 post auto lift, a Hughes Performance racing
transmission, an Aruba vacation for two by Around Aruba
Tours plus a diamond IHRA World Championship ring.
The second turn-key dragster awarded that day was the
JR Race Car Junior Dragster that was also painted by Imagine
That Custom Paint in the matching Summit SuperSeries paint
design scheme for 2015. Kenneth Hillin is
taking the new dragster home to San Antonio, Texas as
the 2015 IHRA Junior Dragster World Champion.
SuperSeries Final Eliminations - 1/8 mile
Parrish, Clayton, NC, '68 Nova, 5.668, 5.64 dial
- def. Ben Parks, Salisbury, MD, '09 S&W Dragster,
5.049, 5.03 dial (.071 rt)
Heckenlaible, Utica, SD, '70 Mustang, 5.678,
5.67 dial (.007 rt)
- def. Dean Smith, Warren, MB, Canada, 5.797, 5.78 dial
Hillin, San Antonio TX, '05 Motivational, 7.917,
7.90 dial (.016 rt)
- def. Darien Legge, C.B.S. NL, Canada, '08 JD, 13.257,
13.18 dial (.014 rt)
Keir Claims Young Gun Award at the Dutch Classic
memory of ATI Performance Products founder
Jim Beattie, Maple Grove Raceway
teamed with JC Beattie to offer the Young
Gun award at the recently completed PC
Richard and Son Pennsylvania Dutch Classic.
The Young Gun award is awarded to the highest finishing
driver aged 25 years or younger in Stock or Super Stock.
A beautiful water jet cut award was created by S&W
Race Cars and the award winner received a check in the
amount of $250.00.
A total of 232 entries competed in Stock and Super Stock
Eliminators, which was one of the largest turnouts for
the categories in 2015. Stock's count of 131 entries was
only exceeded at the Chevrolet Performance US Nationals.
Picking up the action in round 3 there were a total of
6 drivers eligible to be the 2015 Young Gun winner and
by virtue of his runner up finish in Stock Eliminator
second generation driver Adam Keir took
the honor. The Maryland-based driver did an outstanding
job to drive the family's A/SA Chevy Nova to not only
the runner up spot in Stock, but taking home the Young
The award will continue at next year's Dutch Classic.
by Rob Armbruster / Maple Grove Raceway
Super Chevy Show at Gateway Motorsports Park
Illinois – Chevrolet fans spent a memorable
weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park as
the track hosted the annual Mid-America Chevy Dealers
Present The Annual Super Chevy Show. The all-Chevrolet
event included a car show (featuring more than 100 classes
and awards), a cruise, drag racing for Chevrolets and
Chevrolet-powered cars, special attractions and a manufacturers’
Mid-America Chevy Dealers Present
The Annual Super Chevy Show drag race results:
1 (Super Pro)
Winner: Donovan Thompson (Waverly, Illinois)
1986 Firebird with 468 cu. In. Chevrolet engine -- $2,500
Runner-up: Eric Booker (Liberty, Illinois) 1968 Nova.
Bracket 2 (Pro)
Winner: Adam Penning (Hermann, Missouri) 1989
Mustang with 370 cu. In. LSX engine – $1,750 to
Runner-up: Kevin Carter (Chicago, Illinois) Chevrolet
Nova (427 cu. In.).
Winner: Gary Lewis (St. Ann, Missouri) 1969 Buick
Skylark with 326 cu. in. LS Chevrolet engine.
Runner-up: Brandon Sanders (St. Clair, Missouri).
Winner: Jim Hugget (Florissant, Missouri) Dragster.
Runner-up: Ken Jones (Walnut Hill, Illinois) Dragster.
Chevy vs. The World
Winner: Corey Landolt (Hermann, Missouri) Dragster.
Runner-up: Mike Shanks (Union, Missouri) 1976 Camaro.
Winner: Keith Kramer (St. Peters, Missouri).
Runner-up: Nicholas Moten (St. Louis, Missouri).
Corvette Trophy: Dale Hillman (Belleville, Illinois)
Camaro Trophy: Ben Nungester (Arnold, Missouri) 1969 Camaro.
Truck Trophy: Terrell Barnett (Mexico, Missouri) 1992
Stick Shift: Kenneth Sanders (St. Louis, Missouri).
EFI: Jason Thomas (Herman, Missouri).
The Bonus Bracket Bash was held on Sunday following
the Super Chevy Show. Five classes were contested: Super
Pro (1/8 mile), Pro (1/8 mile), Sportsman (1/4 mile),
Trophy (1/4 mile) and an all-run Jr. Dragster event (1/8
mile). All races were non-points events.
Bonus Bracket Bash Super Pro – $2,650 to
Winner: Chris Calkins (St. Clair, Missouri)
.010 5.660 sec./121.43 mph.
Runner-up: Ken Jones (Walnut Hill, Illinois) .009 5.731
Bonus Bracket Bash Pro – $1,750 to win
Winner: Randy Weller (Granite City, Illinois)
.019 6.498 sec./103.87 mph.
Runner-up: Dustin Bryant (Litchfield, Illinois) .072 6.494
Bonus Bracket Bash Sportsman – $250 to win
Winner: Danny Ratulowski (Highland, Illinois)
.036 13.030 sec./102.88 mph.
Runner-up: Ted Lipka (O’Fallon, Missouri) .067 12.057
Bonus Bracket Bash Trophy Class
Winner: Shannon Griffin (Centralia, Missouri)
.023 11.963 sec./101.26 mph.
Runner-up: Corey Woods (Alton, Illinois) .292 14.290 sec./94.72
Bonus Bracket Bash Jr. Dragster
Winner: Blaine Miller (Eudora, Kansas)
.040 7.989 sec./82.94 mph.
Runner-up: Keith Kramer (St. Peters, Missouri) .035 7.846
Dragway presents Octoberbucks
PA – Numidia Dragway wraps up
its big money races in October with 2015 Octoberbucks. Saturday
& Sunday, October 17th & 18th are $5,000 races for
Super Pro and $3,000 for Footbrake.
$5,000 races pay $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis,
$300 5th Round Win, $200 4th Round Win, $150 2nd Round
Win and $75 2nd Round Win. Entry is $150, buyback is $90.
Payouts are guaranteed. The $3,000 races pay $3,000 Win,
$1,000 Runner-Up, $400 Semis and $50 Round starting 2nd
Round Win. Entry is $90, buyback is $60.
races are quarter-mile. Super Pro is 6.50 – 12.99;
Footbrake is 8.50 – 17.99. Two drivers may each
enter the same car, one driver may enter two different
cars, but one driver may not double-enter the same car.
For more information, visit www.NumidiaDragway.com.
Butcher Memorial Race at I-64 Motorplex
KY - The 6th Annual Terry Butcher Memorial
brings three days of 1/8-mile big-money bracket races to
I-64 Motorplex on Friday – Sunday,
October 31 – November 1, 2015. Among the
eliminators are Top ET, No Box and two High Roller races.
Saturday’s and Sunday’s Top ET races each
pay $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $300 Semis,
$100 Quarters and $50 Eighths; $110 entry per day or a
3-Day Weekend Entry is $275, $50 buybacks 1st or 2nd round.
Saturday’s and Sunday’s No-Box races each
pay $1,500 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $125 Semis, $60
Quarters and $25 Eighths; $60 entry per day or a 3-Day
Weekend Entry is $150, $30 buybacks 1st or 2nd round.
also has 32-Car High Roller Shootout and 16-Car No Box
High Roller Shootout. For more information including minimum
car counts for full payout, visit www.I64Motorplex.com.
Winter Nationals at Auto Plus Raceway
FL – Auto Plus Raceway and Overkill
Motorsports are teaming up to present a huge 4-days
of big-money bracket racing October 28 – November
1, 2015 at the Overkill Motorsports Winter
Nationals. All races are 1,000 foot; delay boxes
and Friday’s races each pay $10,000 Win, $2,500
Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $400 Quarters, $300
Eighths, $200 Sixteenths and $100 Thirty-Seconds. Entry
per day is $150. Saturday is the big $20K that
pays $20,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $1,500 Semis,
$750 Quarters, $500 Eighths, $250 Sixteenths and $125
Thirty-Seconds. Entry is $250. Sunday’s
race pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500
Semis, $300 Quarters, $200 Eighths and $100 Sixteenths.
Entry is $100.
races during the weekend is a $50K 64-Car High-Roller
(after the Saturday $20K. Entry is $1,500. No buybacks),
a 32-Dragster and a 32-Door Car $5,000 Shootout (after
the Friday $10K. Entry is $300. No Buybacks) and No-Box
$1,000 Shootouts (on Saturday and Sunday. $60 entry, $30
open Wednesday at 9:00 am for all-day parking and a test
& tune. Gates open all other days at 8:00 am. Visit
for more info.
Childs at US-19 Dragway
GA – Georgia’s launchpad, US-19
Dragway presents Bobby Wild Childs
race on Saturday, October 24, 2015.
Small Block Nitrous 28 pays $1,000
Win, $500 Runner-Up and $250 Semis, based on
10 car minimum. Entry is $100, open to one carb, nitrous,
cast intake, stock-style front end, any rear suspension,
28 and 29 Race pays $2,000 Win,
$500 Runner-Up and $250 Semis, based on 12 car
minimum. Entry is $100. No bars.
6.50 Race, Cars and Bikes pays
$1,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up and $250 Semis, based
on 24 car/bike minimum. Entry is $75.
Gates open at 1:00 pm, racing at 4:00
pm. Visit www.us19-dragway.com.
Shots from The Pennsylvania Dutch Classic at Maple Grove Raceway
Here are just a few of the shots we captured at The
Pennsylvania Dutch Classic at Maple Grove
Raceway. There will be a huge installment of Dragtime
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Fall During Ford Fever Classic @ Maryland Int'l Raceway
MARYLAND (October 12, 2015) – Ideal track and weather
conditions provided fans with national record setting performances
as well as top notch racing all-weekend long at the 22nd
Annual Ford Fever Classic event presented by Mid-Atlantic
Ford at Maryland International Raceway on
biggest performance of the weekend came courtesy of Rich
Bruder of Edison, New Jersey (photo, above) and
his ’88 Mustang. Bruder took advantage of the track
conditions laying down a new national X275 ET record with
a 4.408 lap in the first round of qualifying Saturday followed
by an amazing 4.389 second hit at 167.53 MPH during night
continued his consistent and dominant performance over the
weekend winning the UPR Products X275 Ford vs. The World
class and taking home the $2,500 winnings. 2015 MDIR season
X275 track champion; Ron “Back Split This” Rhodes
of Townsend, Delaware would finish the race in the runner-up
spot. 13 racers in all made qualifying attempts for the
event to finish out the exciting 1/8 class track series
the Ford vs. The World format for Outlaw Drag Radial, Ford
once again took top honors for the event. Scott Bitzer of
Hughesville, Maryland and his ’90 Mustang bested the
field with a winning 4.275 pass, taking out Hamptonville,
North Carolina’s Barry Mitchell who cut a better light
with a .007 reaction time to Bitzer’s .109 light,
but couldn’t hold off Bitzer with a 4.409 pass in
the all Ford final. The Fords did surrender one class to
Chevy during the weekend as New Castle, Delaware’s
Jeff “The Cheater” Kinsler
(photo, right) took his ’68 Firebird to the Winner
Circle in Ultra Street with a 4.895 ET over Ronny Rhode’s
4.932 effort in is ’68 nitrous Camaro.
to the three Ford vs. The World heads-up classes, several
“All Ford” classes performed over the weekend
in both Open Comp and Bracket formats. 422 Motorsports brought
its wild Nostalgia Racing to the track for the event; featuring
A/FXs, Thunderbolts, Light Weight Galaxies, Falcons, Fairlanes,
and Comets. In the end, Dan Woods used a .044 reaction time
and a 10.18 ET to win the class over Dan Parson Jr’s
’67 Comet in the final round.
JPC Racing Super Stang, Roxanne Shepard
(photo, right) in her Virginia Beach, VA based ’04
Mustang took the win using a .015 reaction time in the final
to win the class. Adam Shockley won the JLP Lightning Shootout
in his ’93 model running 15.316 ET on a 15.23 dial,
over Lewis Ives and his ’00 model in the class final.
added treat, fans enjoyed a Match Race between MDIR track
Hall-of-Fame competitor Dick Estevez and his “Daddy
Warbucks” Falcon taking on James Houston’s Ford
Fairlane all weekend! Long-smoky burnouts and 7-second passes
brought the crowd to their feet with each race between the
two teams. Last, but not least, Danny O’Day and his
8-second Superwinch Wheelstander thrilled the crowds each
day with the tail gate to the ground super charged runs.
Parise Wins 2015 IHRA Crower Pro Mod Championship
Ice Capades figure skater-turned-professional drag racer Dina
Parise won the IHRA 2015 Crower Pro Mod points championship
Saturday night in Memphis.
into the weekend’s IHRA Nitro Jam World Finals at
Memphis International Raceway in Millington, Tennessee,
Parise led Ohio’s Bill Lutz by 31 points. Parise’s
march to the 2015 title concluded Saturday evening when
Lutz lost during the first round of Pro Mod eliminations.
Parise's unique Cadillac Pro Mod was defeated in the semi-final
round of eliminations by veteran Billy Harper.
had two runner-up finishes in the final round of eliminations
over the seven-race 2015 series.
Announces 2016 Schedule
Ana, Calif. - The
National Mustang Racers Association (NMRA) event
team has announced the official schedule for the 2016 season.
The NMRA Ford Nationals Series features an exciting line-up
of evens including the return to racetracks rich in history
with the National Mustang Racers Association.
Event Director Rollie Miller said, "Moving
to Maple Grove Raceway puts us back into the exciting
Philadelphia and New Jersey markets, we haven't been there
in a few years. We are looking forward to working with
Lex Dudas and his staff, bringing back the Ford Motorsports
Nationals to Maple Grove,"
Dudas, Vice President and General Manager of
Maple Grove Raceway, added, "We're proud to add the
NMRA even to our very busy 2016 calendar of events. The
NMRA puts a quality show in front of our fans and we know
they'll enjoy the event".
will also visit National Trail Raceway in mid-June. Miller
continued, "We have a lot of racers in the Ohio Valley
region, and National Trail Raceway presents an exciting
opportunity for our NMRA brand. Like Maple Grove Raceway,
NMRA has a storied history with this facility. The central
location combined with the recent updates Mike Fornataro
and his team have made to the facility make it an ideal
location for NMRA."
1999, the NMRA has brought Ford and Mustang fans the "#1
All-Ford Motorsport Event" in the country. NMRA events
offer the most competitive grassroots all-Ford drag racing
combined with the biggest all-Ford car shows, manufacturers'
midways, burnout contests, grudge nights, featured classes,
celebrity visits and more.
3 - 6, 2016
NMRA Spring Break Shootout
Bradenton Motorsports Park, Bradenton, FL
April 7 - 10, 2016
NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals
Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, GA
April 28 - May 1, 2016
NMRA Ford Motorsports Nationals
Maple Grove Raceway, Mohnton, PA
June 9 - 12, 2016
NMRA All-Ford SUPERNATIONALS
National Trail Raceway, Hebron, OH
July 28-31, 2016
NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing
Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL
September 29 - October 2, 2016
NMRA All-Ford World Finals
Beech Bend Raceway Park, Bowling Green, KY
News: Resources for Exhibitors Now Available
you have a performance company that will be exhibiting at
the 2015 Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis
in December, this announcment from PRI is for you.
Media Center For PRI Show Now Available
PRI's convenient Online Media Center allows exhibiting companies
to upload news releases, product information and more in
advance of the Trade Show on December 10-12, 2015. Show-related
press releases, which
can be submitted here, will be added to the
PRI website and promoted to the media.
2015 Exhibitors Invited To Schedule Press Conferences
Each year, PRI Trade Show exhibitors break important news
to the race media via press conferences, which are held
in the PRI Show Media Center or in the exhibitors' booths.
more about PRI's Press Conference Guidelines.
2015 PRI Trade Show will be held Thursday,
Friday, and Saturday, December 10 - 12, 2015,
in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.
National Dragster Challenge at Gateway Motorsports Park
Illinois – Scott Offerman of
Highland, Illinois, defeated Scott Cook
of Festus, Missouri to win top honors in the Super Pro class
during the annual NHRA National Dragster Challenge October
3, 2015 at Gateway Motorsports Park. Dustin Bryant
won the Pro class and Danny Ratulowski
claimed the Sportsman division trophy.
Willis Jr. won the Super Pro Motorcycle class.
Leah Albietz (Junior Lightning) and Luke
Hansen (Junior Thunder) were victors in the final
points race of 2015 NHRA Jr. Dragster competition.
NHRA National Dragster Challenge – Final-round
elimination results, Saturday, October 3
Winner: Scott Offerman (Highland, Illinois) 2005 dragster
5.009 sec./128.31 mph.
Runner-up: Scott Cook (Festus, Missouri) 2015 Racecraft
5.081 sec./112.74 mph.
Winner: Dustin Bryant (Litchfield, Illinois) 1975 Monza
6.801 sec./82.62 mph.
Runner-up: Tom Heaney (Imperial, Missouri) 1991 Mustang
6.062 sec./112.47 mph.
Winner: Danny Ratulowski (Highland, Illinois) 2001 Camaro
12.853 sec./106.75 mph.
Runner-up: Mike Ratulowski (Highland, Illinois) 2000 Camaro
13.135 sec./100.87 mph.
SUPER PRO MOTORCYCLE
Winner: Charles Willis Jr. (Bunker Hill, Illinois) 2003
Hayabusa 10.029 sec./133.86 mph.
Runner-up: Janie Palm (Bunker Hill, Illinois) 2008 Hayabusa
9.058 sec./136.87 mph.
JR. DRAGSTER LIGHTNING
Winner: Leah Albietz (Wentzville, Missouri) 7.976 sec./72.19
Runner-up: Luke Albietz (Wentzville, Missouri) 7.937 sec./82.09
JR. DRAGSTER THUNDER
Winner: Luke Hansen (Wildwood, Missouri) 9.509 sec./68.15
Runner-up: Amber Schmidt (Imperial, Missouri) 13.906 sec./44.63
Ford Series vs. Mega Mopar Action at PBIR
FL - It’s a Ford vs. Mopar smackdown at Palm
Beach International Raceway on Saturday, October
Top Eliminator (Box) pays $1,000
Win, $400 Runner-Up, $125 Semis and $50 Quarters.
$50 entry, $25 buybacks. Super Eliminator (No
Box) pays $800 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $125 Semis,
$50 Quarters. $40 entry, $20 buybacks
Ultra Street pays $1,500 Win,
$750 Runner-Up, $300 Semis and $150 Quarters.
$100 entry. X632/Outlaw 632 pays $2,000 Win, $1,000
Runner-Up, $450 Semis, $300 Quarters. $200 entry.
Bike pays 50% Win / 25% Runner-Up. $30 entry,
$15 buybacks. Junior Dragsters pays $150 Win,
$100 Runner-Up. $20 entry, $10 buybacks. DOT
Tire/Street Ford & Mopar (Any dial in with DOT street
tires and mufflers required, No Electronics) pays $300
Win, $100 Runner-Up. $30 entry, $15 buybacks.
Gates open at 8:00 am, time trials at
10:00 am and eliminations at 1:30 pm. Visit www.RacePBIR.com
for more info.
Grove's Last Hurrah for 2015
PA - The
racers asked for it, and Maple Grove will deliver it. Maple
Grove Raceway's Halloween Bash on Saturday,
October 17, 2015 will be a last hurrah for 2015
as ET Bracket races are held all day long. All regular ET
Bracket classes will run, with all the normal Money Trail
entry fees and purse structures. Following are the entry
fees for each class:
Super Pro: $75
Top Bike: $45
Jr. Dragster: $30
Jr. Street: $30
Pro Dial: $40 if running another class, $55 for Pro Dial
Gates for the Halloween Bash open at 8:00 am. Time trials
will begin at 9:00 am, and eliminations will begin after
two rounds of time trials. Prizes will be awarded for best
costumes in the kids, adults, and pet categories. For more
information, please visit www.maplegroveraceway.com.
Flu: Ford Fever Classic at Maryland Int'l Raceway
International Raceway’s 2015 Ford Fever Classic
is Friday – Sunday, October 9 - 11. Events include
nostalgia racing with 422 Motorsports, Shootout and Open
Comp classes and a variety of Sportsman eliminators.
and Open Comp classes include Outlaw Drag Radial ($2,500
Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $100 Quarters. $100
entry,.400 Pro Tree, 1/8 mile), X275 ($2,500 Win, $1,000
Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $100 Quarters. $100 entry,.400
Pro Tree, 1/8 mile), Ultra Street ($1,000 Win, $200 Runner-Up,
$75 Semis. $100 entry,.400 Pro Tree, 1/8 mile), Super
Stang ($500 Win, $50 entry), and Lightning Shootout ($500
Win, $50 entry).
classes include Top ET ($1,500 Win, $60 entry), Mod ET
($1,000 Win, $50 entry), Stick ET ($500 Win, $45 entry),
and Street ET ($500 Win, $45 entry).
open Friday at 9:00 am for a test & tune. Gates open
Saturday at 9:00 am, with time runs at 10:30 am. Gates
open Sunday at 9:00 am with time runs at 10:00 am. For
more information, including complete payouts, visit MIR's
website at www.RaceMDIR.com/ford.
Addison Benefit Race at US-19 Dragway
GA - Attention to the racers
in the area of US-19 Dragway, we have a racer in need. Missie
Addison has been undergoing treatment for Stage 4 breast
cancer, including radiation and soon will begin chemotherapy.
Missie and her family have to cover the expenses of traveling
100 miles to receive these treatments.
To help, US-19 Dragway is presenting the Missie
Addison Benefit Shoot-Out on Saturday, October 17, 2015.
Classes include Pro & Super Pro, Sportsman and Jr.
Pro & Super Pro pays $1,000 Win, $200 Runner-Up.
Entry is $65; 1st and 2nd Round buybacks are $25. Payouts
based on 50 car minimum. Sportsman pays $100 Win,
$50 Runner-Up. Entry is $25; 1st and 2nd Round
buybacks are $10. Jr. Dragster is a 100% payback.
Entry is $25; 1st and 2nd Round buybacks are $10.
open at noon with time runs at 2:00 pm. Visit www.us19-dragway.com.
Go To The BOP! At Cordova Int’l Raceway
IL - Calling
all Midwest owners of Buicks. Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs:
Saturday, October 10, 2015 is your day at Cordova International
a Show & Shine, a swap meet, and of course drag racing!
Classes include Quick 16 Box / No Box Combo. The Q8 Box
winner and the Q8 No Box winner each win $400, then run
each other for an additional $600. Q8 entry fee is $75.
also a Buick-Olds-Pontiac Race For Cash for Street Tires
(drag radials and cheaters allowed) and Race Slicks. Each
class pays $400 Win. Entry for each is $40.
open at 9:00 am. For more info visit www.RaceCIR.com.
So Cute! Mini Points at Milan Dragway
MI – Milan Dragway’s Fall Mini-Points
continues on Sunday October 11 with racing for Super Pro,
Pro, Sportsman and Super Pro Bike. Super Pro and Pro have
the same payouts: At 45+ cars, $1,200 Win, $350 Runner-Up,
$125 Semis, $60 Quarters and $30 Eighths. At 25-44 cars,
$1,000 / $300 / $80 / $40 / $20. At 24 or fewer cars, Win
40%, Runner-Up 20%, Semis 10%. Entry is $45, 1st round buybacks
pays $400 Win, $150 Runner-Up, $75 Semis and $30 Quarters,
based on 30+ cars. At 15-29 cars, $300 / $100 / $50 /
$20. Entry is $35, 1st round buybacks are $20. S/P Bike
pays $300 Win, $100 Runner-Up and $35 Semis, based on
8 bikes. Entry is $35, 1st round buybacks are $20.
open at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Visit www.MilanDragway.com.
Chevy Show at Rockingham Dragway
N.C. – The 4.70 Outlaws, two jet dragsters, an
outrageous steel-bodied 1969 Camaro, daily bracket races
and the largest gathering of GM show cars in the Carolinas
are among the features of the annual Dieffenbach Superstore
Super Chevy Show, Oct. 9-11, at Rockingham Dragway.
12 noon-7 p.m. test session on Friday, Oct. 9, will be
followed by two days of drag racing and car show judging
augmented by a swap meet and a vendor midway featuring
the latest Chevy car models as well as the latest parts
and pieces with which to personalize them.
program includes Outlaw 4.70 qualifying at 11 a.m. and
12 noon and the first round of eliminations at 2:30 p.m.
Racing to championships in Top Eliminator, Footbrake,
Jr. Dragster and the DOT Tire class begins at 1 p.m.
the show on Saturday will be a match race between Jill
Fazekas and Robert Albertson, the respective drivers of
the “Queen of Diamonds II” and “Blazing
Angel” jet-powered dragsters capable of achieving
finish line speeds in excess of 300 mph.
Sunday, first round eliminations in Top Eliminator, Footbrake,
Jr. Dragster and DOT begin at 10 a.m. followed by a resumption
of racing for the 4.70 Outlaws championship. Sunday’s
car show awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Visit www.rockinghamdragway.com.
Spectacular at Farmington Dragway
NC - Farmington Dragway has a big
day coming up on October 10th, 2015 with its Sportsman
Spectacular. Classes include Top ET, Footbrake,
Street ET, Stock/Super Stock, Pro Tree and Jr. Dragster.
ET is Open Body vs. Door Car and pays $1,500 Win, $400
Runner-Up, $150 Semis and $25 Round starting
3rd Round win, based on 48 cars. Entry is $50, buybacks
is Mopars vs. The World and pays $1,200 Win, $300 Runner-Up,
$100 Semis and $20 Round starting with 3rd Round win,
based on 48 cars. Entry is $40, buybacks are $30.
Dragster and Street ET each pays 80% back to Win, Runner-Up
and Semis. Entry is $20, buybacks are $10.
Stocks pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100
Semis, $50 Quarters, based on 32 cars. Entry is $40.
Pro Tree is a .500 handicapped tree and
pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis,
$50 Quarters, based on 32 cars. Entry is $40.
open at 8:00 am with time runs at 10:30 am. Visit www.FarmingtonDragway.com.
Nichols Jr. & Mayers Claim Mid-Atlantic .90 Championships
Grove Raceway, Reading, PA - Ash Senft
knew he had a tough task in front of him going into the
Mid-Atlantic .90 Association’s Season Finale weekend
at Maple Grove Raceway. Facing almost a five round deficit
over season-long point leader Kevin Scholl, Senft would
need all the cards to fall his way by day's end on Sunday
to be 2015 MASCA Champion. As Saturday’s eliminations
began, things started to align themselves early in Race
#9 as Senft & Scholl faced off in the 1st round of eliminations
with the winner controlling their own destiny. Senft took
a close 8.922 to 8.925 victory and rode that early momentum
all the way to Saturday’s Winner’s Circle with
a final-round victory over Kevin Robb's A-1 Mulch dragster.
The win got Senft past Scholl for the points lead by a mere
five markers going into Sunday’s Race #10. With the
first point leader change of the year after Saturday's Race
#9, Scholl knew he needed to go rounds on Sunday and have
Senft bow out early for any chance of taking back the points
lead and claiming his first MASCA Championship. Another
top 5 player in the points derailed Scholl's program as
third place Bill Hardifer had his own plan and got around
Scholl at the stripe, ending any Championship hopes for
the Hookdaddy Motorsports team. Senft was able to go deep
enough in eliminations Sunday to clinch his first MASCA
champions were crowned after racing was completed on Saturday:
Keith Mayers in MASSA (10.90) and Earl
Nichols Jr. in MASGA (9.90). Mayers had a stellar
year in his unique Porsche 944 netting a series-high 4 wins
along with a runner-up over the 10-race season. He capped
it off with a victory Saturday in a re-match of the Atco
Race #2 final when Kelli Barbato went red in her ‘68
Camaro, thereby eliminating former Champ Jimmy Stack from
Championship contention. Nichols was also on a season-long
mission in the MASGA series with his "Cremator"
topless Corvette. With 2 wins and 2 runner-ups during the
season, he earned enough points to top rival and 3-time
MASGA Champ Iggie Boicesco. This is the 3rd MASGA Championship
for Earl, a multiple-business owner from Wilmington, DE.
Saturday’s Race #9 MASGA final featured a pair of
“locals” as Hank Smith and his Ken's Kustom
Chassis topless ’15 Camaro took the win when Paul
Schonberger's flamed Arrow also went red.
Sunday’s Race #10, Walter Olt claimed the MASCA win
over recent Englishtown LODRS S/C winner Danny "Mr.
Happy" Bisbano when Bisbano lit the red bulb. In Super
Gas, Jake Barbato finally overcame some major earlier-season
gremlins by driving his ’98 Camaro to the last available
MASGA win of the 2015 season by taking out the beautiful
Mustang of New York’s Frank Volpe. In another classic
Chevy vs. Ford battle, Barbato took the ‘tree and
parlayed the .009 advantage into a double-breakout victory
9.896 to 9.889. Rounding out Race #10 action in Super Street,
Dom Burgese out of Williamstown, NJ was able to grab the
MASSA victory over first-time finalist Rick Mattioli’s
multi-purpose ride in a battle of Gen 1 Camaros. The super-tight
final saw Burgese grab a slight advantage at the ‘tree
(.001 to .004) and go on to seal the deal with a 10.894
to 10.892 victory.
and photos: Rob Keister / Mid Atlantic .90 Association
Outlaw Tour Season Finale at Montgomery Raceway Park
AL - Another season of Southern Outlaw Tour
racing will soon be in the record books at Montgomery
Raceway Park. Friday & Saturday, October 16
& 17 mark the finale of the Tour for this year. Classes
will include Pro Modified, 5.70 Real Street, Super Pro,
Outlaw Bottom Bulb and Jr. Dragster.
Pro Mod is a 16-car field
for blown and nitrous. Payout is $3,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up,
$750 Semis, $500 Quarters and $250 1st Round. Entry is
free for car, driver and two crew members.
5.70 Real Street is for
Real Street Racing Association members and pays $$1,500
Win, $600 Runner-Up, $250 Semis and $100 Quarters. Entry
is $75. Super Pro pays $5,000 Win based
on 50 car minimum. Entry is $100, 1st and 2nd Round buybacks
are $50. Outlaw Bottom Bulb pays $1,000
Win, based on 25 car minimum. Entry is $40, buybacks are
$25. Jr. Dragster pays $500 Win, $100
Runner-Up and $50 Semis. Entry is $40.
open Friday at 4:00 pm with qualifying at 8:00 pm. Gates
open Saturday at 9:00 am, with an open track shake-down
at 1:30, qualifying at 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm, and 1st Round
at 7:00 pm. Visit www.montgomeryracewaypark.com.
Series Shootout Columbus Day Weekend at Atco Dragway
NJ - Atco
Dragway’s Summer Series Shootout wraps up
Columbus Day Weekend, Friday– Sunday, October 9-11,
2015. These quarter-mile gambler’s races are for dials
of 6.50 – 12.99. Electronics permitted. No double-entries.
The payouts for Friday’s and Sunday’s
races are $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $800 Semis, $400
Quarters (if 8 round race) and $75 Round starting with
3rd Round loser. Entry is $150 per day, buybacks are $95.
Saturday’s race pays $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up,
$1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters (if 8 round race) and $100
Round starting with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $200, buybacks
Gates open Friday at 11:00 am with time
trials at 1:00 pm. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 9:00
am with time trials at 10:00 am. For more information
Louis Superbucks Showdown at Gateway Motorsports Park
Illinois – The Illinois Lottery’s slogan
is “Anything’s Possible” and a winner
at Gateway Motorsports Park’s Oct. 17-18 St.
Louis Superbucks Showdown could very well experience
the biggest payoff in the track’s history of bracket-style
The winner in each day’s final round
of Super Pro eliminations could earn a $10,000 payday
and the Pro bracket winner faces a potential $5,000 prize.
The potential $10,000 Super Pro winner’s payout
is based on 150 or more entries competing in the first
round of eliminations. Likewise, the Pro winner’s
potential payout of $5,000 is based on 150 or more entries
competing in the first round of eliminations.
St. Louis Superbucks Showdown
Super Pro (Box) – 1/8 mile
(Based on 150 or more first-round entries): $10,000.
(Based on 100-149 first-round entries): $7,500.
(Based on 1-99 first-round entries): $5,000.
(If more than 65 cars compete in first round): $100.
fee: $100 (Purchase up to 2 class entries per day).
or second-round buy-backs: $60.
(No-Box) – 1/8 mile
(Based on 150 or more first-round entries): $5,000.
(Based on 100-149 first-round entries): $3,500.
(Based on 1-99 first-round entries): $2,500.
$50 (If more than 65 cars compete in first round);
fee: $50 (Purchase up to 2 class entries per day).
or second-round buybacks: $30.
Super Pro racers who enter the unique
Illinois Lottery Run for the Money event have the opportunity
to win a prize that could reach hundreds of thousands
– if not millions – of dollars. The entry
fee for the Illinois Lottery Run for the Money is $20.
The driver who runs closest to his dial-in will receive
50% of the total entry fees collected and $500 worth of
Illinois Lottery scratch-off tickets. Visit www.gatewaymsp.com.
2015 National Performer Award Standings
Top ET $5Ks at Maryland International Raceway
International Raceway’s Top ET $5Ks take
place Friday and Saturday, September 25th &
26th, 2015 at the Superchargers Showdown.
event will feature a $5,000 to win payout each day. Purses
for this race also include round money at $100 per round
starting with 2nd round winners. This is the last 1/4
mile Top ET High Roller race for the 2015 season. Each
day pays $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, and
$100 Round starting with 2nd Round Winners. Entry is $126
per day; 1st & 2nd Round buybacks are $80.
race is on the 1/8th Mile for 0.00 – 8.49 dials.
No throttle stops. No double-entries, but one driver may
drive two cars. Gates open 3:00 pm on Friday with time
trials at 4:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am with
time trials at 10:00 am.
Friday, MDIR will run Top ET (only) along with the Pros
- points will not be in effect. Then on Saturday, the
track will run the full Speed Unlimited ET Series with
points in effect for all classes (regular weekly payouts
will apply to Mod ET, Motorcycle ET and Junior Dragster).
This will help to provide an earlier completion of all
ET classes. For more information visit www.RaceMDIR.com.
Drags at Milan Dragway
Dragway’s Nostalgia Drags are coming up Saturday
& Sunday, September 26th & Sunday, 2015. This drag
race, car show and swap meet is open to vehicles 1990 and
classes include Nostalgia Box, Nostalgia Sportsman, Nostalgia
Comp, Nostalgia No Box and Trophy. Gates open at 8:00 am
with racing starting at 10:00 am. Visit www.MilanDragway.com
for more information.
Dragway Bracket Series on September 26 & 27
Huntsville Dragway Bracket Series continues on
Saturday & Sunday, September 26th & 27th,
2015 with big money races in Pro and Footbrake.
Saturday, Pro pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $250
Semis and $100 Quarters. Entry is $100. On Sunday, Pro
pays $10,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $200 Quarters
and $100 Eighths. Entry is $150, or a 2-day entry is $200.
Saturday and Sunday, Footbrake pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up,
$100 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry for either day is $30,
or a 2-day entry is $50.
open at 9 am Saturday and Sunday with time trials at 11:00
am. Visit www.HuntsvilleDragway.us.
Doorslammers at Kil-Kare Raceway
OH - Kil-Kare Raceway presents the
Buckeye 4.70 Doorslammers on Saturday,
September 26 and again on Saturday, October
24th, 2015. This Index race is for door cars only,
with no weight limitations. .400 Pro tree. No throttle stops.
payouts are $1,500 Win, $750 Runner-Up, $250
Semis and $150 Quarters. Entry is $150.
at 10:00 am. For more info visit www.Kilkare.com.
News: Meziere Launches New Website
CA – Our friends at Meziere Enterprises
have launched an updated and redesigned website at www.Meziere.com.
This new site is more user-friendly and includes a centrally-placed
search field, much-improved navigation with drop-down menus,
and embedded videos.
to Don Meziere, “In addition to
being more user-friendly, we developed this site to be
a comprehensive source of technical information on each
product. In the next few months we plan to listen carefully
to the information our customers require and provide every
bit of it right on the site. We are always happy to take
phone calls and help to solve problems. The phone is always
an option for our customers. However, our goal was to
build this website into a serious front-line information
source to support those inquiries.”
Meziere Enterprises is
a family owned and operated company that specializes in
cooling systems & accessories, flexplates & accessories,
starters & accessories and chassis components &
Battle of the Big Dawgs at The House of Hook
SC - To our Pro Mod and Pro Mod Bike friends in the
Carolinas, Friday & Saturday, October 9 &
10 are for you at Carolina Dragway
and The Battle of the Big Dawgs.
Pro Mod pays $5,000 Win, $1,500
Runner-Up, $750 Semis and $500 Quarters, based
on 8 car minimum. Entry is $150. No screw blowers, door
cars only, max turbo 94 mm.
Pro Mod Bike pays $4,000 Win,
$1,500 Runner-Up and $500 Semis, based on 8 bike
minimum. $250 entry.
There’s also Xtreme 29s ($4,000
Win, $150 entry, N/T), Xtreme 28s ($4,000 Win, $150 entry,
N/T), Smallblock ($4,000 Win, $150 entry, N/T) and 4.70
Index ($3,000 Win, $125 entry).
Gates open Friday at 2:00 pm, testing
at 6:00 pm, qualifying at 8:00 pm. Gates open Saturday
at 8:00 am, qualifying at 12 noon and 2:00 pm and eliminations
at 4:00 pm. Visit www.HouseOfHook.com.
Nelson Jr. Wins 2015 Rick’s Jewelers “Ring for
the Queen” Challenge at MDIR
MD – Mike Nelson Jr. of Valley
Lee, Maryland has claimed this year’s Rick’s Jewelers
“Ring for the Queen” challenge at Maryland International
Raceway, sponsored by Rick’s Jewelers of California,
MD. The challenge is in its 11th year as part of the Speed
Unlimited ET Series program at MDIR. It allows racers the
opportunity to compete for a certified full one-carat ladies
diamond solitaire ring prize (with a retail value of $9,600),
by being the first racer during the ET series points season
to successfully earn 6 “Diamond Points”.
time a racer is perfect on either end of the track (.000
reaction time or dead on the dial with a zero), he/she earns
a “Diamond Point”. The first racer to earn 6
Diamond Points gets the ring - it’s that simple. Should
no one collect 6 Diamond Points before the last points race
of the season, the ring will be awarded to the racer with
the most Diamond Points, ensuring a ring will be awarded
each year. If there is a tie of two or more racers with
the most Diamond Points, then the points Tie Breaker system
will be used to determine the winner.
Jr. and his ‘81 Top ET Camaro claimed the prize this
past weekend collecting his 6th Diamond point of the season
during the Raider ET Challenge event, when he ran a perfect
5.240 ET on a 5.24 dial-in in the second round of eliminations
on Saturday. Several racers had collected multiple points
throughout the season and were in the running for the prize,
however, Nelson’s consistency all season paid off
for him in the end.
more information about Maryland International Raceway, visit
D4 Summit Jr. ET Finals Results
to NHRA Division 4 Director Trey Capps for sharing this
item with us about the D4 Jr. ET Finals results:
TRAXXAS FUN RUN FINAL RESULTS:
JR QUICK 32:
Champion #4102 Codi Bettis
RU #4003 Tori Greene
Champion #4133 Amanda Morti
RU #4432 Mallory Bontrager
Champion #4035 Carson Russell
RU #4094 Aaron Jordan
Champion #4680 Devin Abernathy
RU #447 Colt Saum
Champion #541 Lauren Dodd
RU #4911 Darian Boesch
NHRA SUMMIT JR DRAGSTER ET FINALS RESULTS:
RACE OF CHAMPIONS
Champion # 408X, Cory Gulitti, Royal Purple Raceway
RU #5214, Kaylee Chaffin, Thunder Valley Raceway Park
Champion #4911, Darian Boesch, No Problem Raceway
RU #4032, Rylan McClaskey, Texas Motorplex
Champion #4003, Tori Greene, Texas Motorplex
RU #408X, Cory Gulitti Royal, Purple Raceway
Champion #4016, Bryce Stansbury, Royal Purple Raceway
RU #4006, Hayden Trumble, Royal Purple Raceway
Champion #4985, Rylie Trumble Royal, Purple Raceway
RU #4106, Jonathan McClain, Thunder Road Raceway
1. Royal Purple Team 1
2. Royal Purple Team 2
3. Texas Motorplex Team 1
4. Royal Purple Team 3
5. Texas Motorplex Team 2
6. Thunder Valley Team 1
7. Thunder Road Team 1
8. No Problem Team 1
9. Tulsa Raceway Team 1
10. Texas Raceway
News: Summit Super Series Rules Clarification
from our friends at IHRA:
the first time in 2015, the final six spots in the Summit
Super Series field is being determined by comparing all
the runner-up runs in Summit Super Series race held at
each Summit Team Final. The term “best package”
has been used as a way to describe the values that are
used in determining the six spots.
was determined by IHRA a number of months ago that we
would rank each run as “closest to perfect”,
meaning that a run that is -.001 red and dead on the dial-in
with a 0 would be ranked as a .001 package and be considered
a better run then someone who was .020 green and .01 over
their dial for a .03 package. The overall package
was calculated as a total number away from perfect regardless
of foul starts or breakouts.
object of the ranking system to determine the final spots
is one that simply calculates the amount of time away
from a perfect run a competitor turns in during the final
round of the Summit Super Series race. There has been
some confusion and questions regarding the ranking of
packages recently and we wanted to clear up how the ranking
system worked and what the intent is in determining the
final spots in the field."
Dragster Thrash, Mountain Bash at South Mountain Raceway
Springs, PA – South Mountain Raceway
has events coming up for race cars of all sizes: the Jr.
Dragster Thrash for Cash and the Mutt &
Jeff Mountain Bash.
The Jr. Dragster Thrash for Cash
is Sunday, September 27th, 2015. Classes include
Pro Jr. and Top Jr. Pro Jr. is 7.90 heads-up, for ages
13-18, .500 Pro tree. Payout is $500 Win, $300 Runner-Up
and $50 Semis. Top Jr. is bracket format for ages 14 and
under, .500 Full tree. Payout is $300 Win, $200 Runner-Up
and $50 Semis.
on Sunday, October 4th, 2015, it’s the 1st Annual
Mutt & Jeff Mountain Bash. This race for
electronics-equipped race cars pays out a guaranteed $1,500
Win and $750 Runner-Up. There’s also round money
that’s based on car count. Entry is $65, 1st Round
buybacks are $30. Footbrakers are welcomed, too. Gates
open 9:00 am with time trials at 11:00 am.
For more information visit www.SouthMountainRaceway.com.
Atlantic .90 Association: Hardifer, Winfelder Add Names to
First Time Winners at Cecil County
Mid Atlantic .90 Association concluded Race # 7 &
8 of its 2015 season at Cecil County Dragway
in Rising Sun, MD. At the conclusion of Saturday's time shots,
Joey Cambria (Super Comp), Rich Price (Super Gas) and Kelli
Barbato (Super Street) lead qualifying in their respected
classes. Once eliminations got underway it would be a mixture
of new and old faces gracing the winner's circle.
the Super Gas final, it was a battle of #1 &
2 in points as Earl Nichols Jr. and Iggie
Boicesco squared off in yet another final.
Nichols, out of Wilmington, Delaware claimed his second
victory of the year with a perfect .000 light and a 9.920
to Boicesco's break out 9.896 to extend his points lead
going into Sunday's event. In Super Comp,
Bill Hardifer Jr.
out of Shamong, NJ took his W&T Pipeline Consultants
S&W Dragster to victory over Race #5 Runner-Up Frank
Genovesi who jumped the gun with a red-light.
This was Hardifer's first Super Comp victory with the series
and moved him into the Top 5 in points. Rounding out Saturday's
action was the 10.90 Super Street group. Jimmy
Stack was running a limited schedule this
season in the Livezey & Garbinski Challenger but, has
taken every opportunity and ran with it. Race # 7 was no
different and Stack found himself in the final yet again
this time against first time finalist Levon
Currie and his Mustang. In the final Stack
& Currie were practically dead-even off the line (.026
to .025) but, it would be Stack claiming his first victory
of 2015 with a almost perfect 10.904 to Currie's break-out
carded yet another beautiful day for the racers at Cecil
County and after the completion of qualifying it would be
Kathy Smulligan (Super
Comp), Tom Goldman (Super
Gas) and Bob Kodadek (Super
Street) claiming the number one spots in all three classes.
As eliminations proceeded into the later rounds, drivers
were going to have to tame a very tricky racing surface
that had the sun beating on it all day long. In Super Street,
current points leader Keith Mayers was looking for victory
number three this season but, standing in his way yet again
was Race #
7 winner Jimmy Stack. With a big swing in points at stake
both drivers lined up for the finals. Unfortunately, the
finals were decided on the line as Stack pushed the tree
and went -.004 red, handing the victory to Mayers and his
Porsche. In Super Comp, another new face graced the winner
circle on Sunday as Randy Winfelder Jr out of Forest Hill,
Md claimed victory. Winfelder did so by defeating Saturday's
race winner Bill Hardifer in the process after Hardifer
fouled at the start handing the victory to Winfelder and
his "More Mechanized Madness" Spitzer Dragster.
Finishing off the weekend at Cecil County was the 9.90 Super
Gas group. Saturday's runner-up Iggie Boicesco was looking
to make-up some ground on points leader Earl Nichols Jr.
after Nichols bowed out in the first round. Boicesco, would
find himself in yet another final at Cecil County after
he recently won the Divisional event two weeks prior in
his ATI sponsored Corvette. Standing in his way was Rich
Price and his top-less Corvette. At the green Boicesco took
the advantage (.013 to .025) and parlayed that into an almost
perfect run with a 9.899 to Price's break-out 9.886. With
the win it puts Boicesco only 1 point behind Nichols going
into the final weekend of racing.
Saturday Night at Palm Beach International on September 19
FL - Outlaw Saturday Night is coming
up on September 19, 2015 at Palm Beach International
Raceway. This is an Open Test & Tune where
no times are displayed on the scoreboards. Racer entry is
$20; time slips are available for $1 each. Gates open at
6:00 pm, test & tune starts at 6:30 pm.
vehicles must adhere to IHRA safety rules; IHRA rules
can be found HERE.
more information about Palm Beach International, visit
Harley Championship Comes Down to the Wire
2012 International Hot Rod Association Nitro Harley World
Champion, Jay Turner, is looking to secure
his fourth IHRA Championship at the Summit World Finals
featuring Nitro Jam on October 9 - 10. Turner has a 67 point
lead over Tracy Kile with only one race remaining for the
Nitro Harley class this season at Memphis International
Turner is no stranger to pressure situations.
The Julian, N.C. reside has raced Nitro Harleys for two
decades and brought home IHRA championships in 1999, 2000
and 2012. In addition to his impressive stats with the
IHRA, Turner has two AHDRA National Championships, two
AMRA National Championships and was voted the IHRA Pro
Driver of the Year in 2000. A championship win in Memphis
would place Turner among the elite in a class that some
call the competitors the most insane on the planet.
Letter From Andrew Stirk / DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing
received this release from Andrew Stirk
of the DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series
based in the upstate New York / Canada area. We are sorry
to learn that a good series bites the dust...
the loyal racers, sponsors, supporters and fans of the DSE
Automotive Sportsman Racing Series,
thought it would appropriate at this time to update you
as the 2015 Race season draws near to an end. Our last
DSE Sportsman Series race now complete, this brings us
to a decision making process for 2016.
created this series out of the love of the sport and wanted
to see improved purses and increased attendance (particularly
closer to home at Toronto Motorsports Park) we expected
to grow the series, and with it the benefactor (Toronto
Motorsports Park) would embrace it and support it. Attendance
increases would solely benefit the track bottom line.
has increased significantly; sponsors have been very supportive
and generous. We have invested their money and contributions
into the series purses and prizes, which has helped draw
more participants from all over Ontario, New York and
Michigan. To date the best DSE sportsman series single
day and weekend participation numbers occurred at TMP
this past Labour Day weekend, besting a previous series
high which was set at St Thomas Raceway Park earlier this
year at the Sportsman Nationals (not counting specialty
race/shoot-out sales or other series we co-ordinated with).
Motorsports Park facility repairs and renovations, of
which many racers have made big issues of in the past,
are being completed. We the Stirk Family, personally feel
TMP as a facility is as good as or better than many tracks
in the Northeast.
TMP has failed to show any sign of approval, support or
embraced partnership in regard to event marketing, event
promotion and event cost, nor has the facility shown reasonable
consistency in execution of DSE Sportsman series events.
Assistance in advance planning of schedules, complaints
from TMP management about earlier start times/later end
times (due to increased car count), apparent trust issues
with our administration of the series, and marginal to
un-satisfactory levels of event day staffing, only add
to the stress of organizing and execution of successful
to the disappointment of our loyal sponsors and participants,
as a result of TMP’s failure to show any sign of
embracing a profitable and constantly growing series for
the track, and our un-willingness to invest further with
“out of pocket” expenses to solve some of
these problems, we are choosing to terminate the series.
this time we are not sure what the future will be for
DSE Sportsman Racing promotions, we are investigating
the possibilities of promoting singular (non points series)
sportsman oriented events however nothing can be confirmed
at this time. DSE Automotive LTD may continue to provide
limited sponsorship to other series’ Box and No
Box programs as we already have at St Thomas Raceway Park
and we will keep our patrons, sponsors, past sponsors
and supporters aware of these promotions. The DSE Automotive
Sportsman Racing Series name copyright is owned by DSE
Automotive , and shall remain as such.
2015 Year end Championship Awards Ceremony will take place
Sunday November 15th at the Michelangelo Banquet Centre
located in Hamilton Ontario, we are currently in the planning
phase and will have ticket information, pricing and door
times available in the coming week.
We want to thank each and every sponsor who has supported
the series over these past five years, as well as all
the volunteers who gave their time to make this series
so great, and last but not least we want to thank all
the racers who have come and supported us, without you
we never could have grown as much as we did, and for that
we thank you!
Stirk and family
DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series"
PRI 2015 Offers New Tech, New Ideas & New Business
you are in the business of auto racing, then the 2015
PRI Show is a must-attend. Racing industry professionals
from across the US and 70 countries will gather in Indianapolis
this December for the Performance Racing Industry
Trade Show (PRI 2015). It will pack the Indiana
Convention Center with exhibits of new racing products,
motorsports engineering solutions, machining equipment and
1200 racing companies will exhibit in PRI 2015, which
takes place December 10–12, 2015. The Show provides
racing retailers, race engine builders, professional race
teams, WDs, motorsports engineers and more the opportunity
to preview virtually all the new racing technology becoming
available for the next racing season.
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Grove Raceway Cancels $10K Fall Footbrake Nationals
announcement from Maple Grove Raceway regarding its annual
$10K Fall Footbrake Nationals:
lengthy discussions pertaining to the 10K Fall Footbrake Nationals,
we have elected to cancel the event for 2015. In
reviewing car counts since 2011's 346 entries the event has
seen participation decline each and every year to last year's
total of 224 entries, a total decline of 34.3% since 2011.
We have also seen a major decline in the number of "buy
back" entries over the same period from 2012's high of
108 to 2014's low of 59 a decrease of 45.4%. Combine both
revenue streams and it is easy to see the profit has seen
a major decline.
the years we have kept the pre-entry and "at the gate"
entry fees as low as possible to make it affordable for
the contestants, but to make the event profitable we were
faced with major fee increases, which in these times doesn't
seem viable. Our thoughts are the higher the fees, the less
number of entrants will participate and we didn't want this
situation to develop and further erode the participation
Over the years we have met our obligations to the racers
by paying full purses and we just can't have the guarantees
any longer. Sure we could announce 10K to win and if we
didn't get number entries needed we could have cut the purse,
but we'd rather not get into those situations based on the
great history of the 10K.
We are open for discussions with our racers to bring back
the event in 2016 and if a viable compromise can be met
we will bring the event back in another format. This will
be a subject at our annual winter racer meeting.
In place of the 10K Footbrake on Saturday October 17 we
have scheduled Test and Tune - Grudge race. $25 towed entries,
$20 driven entries. Crew and spectators are $15. Added feature
will be another round of the highly popular Pro Dial Eliminator
and a Gambler race both carry a $50 entry fee payable in
the NAPA tower. The entry fee will be paid back 100%, 40%
winner, 20% runner up, 10% semis, 5% quarter finalists.
Also on tap will be Junior Street eliminator and we'll offer
license runs for any new driver in Junior Street. NHRA license
runs may also be offered. For license information call Jason
Leber at 610-856-9200. Gates open 9A - racing from 10A until
4P. Rear of staging closes at 3:30P."
McIntire Jr.'s Sophomore Season in AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car
AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive
driver Mike McIntire Jr. has had a crazy
sophomore season, to say the least. The 2014 International
Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Nitro Funny Car rookie has
a record four wins, led the points during the first half
of the season, missed one race due to his father's heart
surgery and recently found out that he and his wife, Susie,
are expecting a baby girl.
McIntire Jr. took over the driving duties of his father's
1970 "McAttack" Camaro at the start of the 2014
IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing season. It didn't take long
for then 29-year-old to acclimate to his new surroundings.
McIntire Jr. drove the orange and black Camaro to its
first win three races into the season at the Southern
Nationals. His second and final win of the season came
later in the year at the Pittsburgh Nationals. Jason Rupert
claimed the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive
World Championship and McIntire Jr. finished second; 119
points behind the leader.
Credit: Bryan Epps
progression continued for McAttack Racing as McIntire
Jr. won the 2015 season-opener at the Southwestern Nationals
against Rupert. The McIntire family received some drastic
news following the first Nitro Jam: Mike Sr. needed a
quadruple bypass operation. McAttack Racing missed the
Mardi Gras Nationals as Mike Sr. recuperated but returned
at the Southern Nationals. The momentum picked up where
it left off and McIntire Jr. went on to win the next three
events. Not too long after the three race winning-streak,
he and his wife, Susie, announced they were going to have
their first child.
The tide would shift mid-season and McIntire Jr. found
himself in familiar territory as Rupert and his "Bays
and Rupert Black Plague" began to dominate the AMSOIL
Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive class. Rupert
has won the last four out of five events with only one
Nitro Jam remaining until the Summit World Finals featuring
Nitro Jam. Heading into the San Antonio Nationals Fueled
by Sunoco, Rupert has a 104 point lead over McIntire Jr.
"It has been a heck of a year," stated McIntire
Jr. "It's really a tight point's battle between Rupert
and I with only two races remaining. I think I'm only
one and a half rounds out from the lead. I told him (Rupert),
when I spoke to him the other day that, I want my record
back regardless of what happens though! Either way I'm
happy with our season and ready to get back to racing."
championship title in every class is still up for grabs
and the competition will be fierce heading into the San
Antonio Nationals Fueled by Sunoco at San Antonio Raceway
on September 25 - 26. The Summit World Finals featuring
Nitro Jam on October 9 - 10 at Memphis International Raceway
marks the final event this season. Tickets are available
online for both events at www.NitroJam.com.
Shots from the LODRS at Englishtown
are a few shots from last week's action at the Lucas
Oil Drag Racing Series at Old Bridge Township
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Locals Acquire Southwestern International Raceway
Fla. (September 3, 2015) - IRG Sports + Entertainment™
(IRG) has announced that three Tucson businessmen, Jon Bradford,
Tom Koenan, and Jim Hughes, will take over the operations
of Southwestern International Raceway (SWIR) effective immediately,
with Jim Hughes as Track Operator.
With the transition, the facility has been renamed Tucson
Dragway. Tucson Dragway is located at Pima County
Fairgrounds, 10-miles from downtown Tucson, Arizona and
features a dedicated quarter-mile drag strip. Over the last
18 years, the facility has hosted such premier events as
the International Hot Rod Association's (IHRA) Nitro Jam,
Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Series, Import Face-Off, and
Tucson Dragway Reunion. Driving schools, professional testing
sessions, private rentals, and corporate team-building events
are also held at Tucson Dragway year-round.
over Tucson Dragway is a great opportunity for me. It's
a new challenge I haven't addressed yet in my life,"
stated new Track Operator Jim Hughes. "I've lived
at drag strips for the last 38 years of my life as a racer.
I see this as an opportunity to stay closer to home, stay
involved with Don Davis racecars and Hughes Motorhome
and Trailer Sales. I believe we will make the sportsman
racer experience second to none for the Tucson and Arizona
The facility will be closed during the month of September
for business restructuring and facility maintenance and
will reopen in October. A new website page has been created
to keep fans, racers and sponsors up-to-date about the
activities at Tucson Dragway. Please visit www.tucsondragway.net
for additional information.
Wins 2015 Super Pro Crown By One Point on Final Day at Gateway
Illinois (September 6) – Jeremy McKague
of Chamois, Missouri, won the 2015 Gateway Motorsports
Park Super Pro championship by just one point over Corey
Landolt on the final night of bracket points
racing at Gateway Motorsports Park. McKague’s Super
Pro title win marked the first time since 1999 a door
car has won the championship at GMP. McKague entered his
Nova – hobbled by a broken water pump – in
the Super Pro, Pro and Bonus classes. He withdrew from
the fourth round of eliminations in the Pro class in order
to save the car in hopes of winning the Super Pro crown.
Ratulowski repeated as GMP High School points champion
and will represent the track at the NHRA division finals
at Indianapolis. Other 2015 GMP champions include: John
Ratulowski Sr. (Pro), Phil Humphrey (Index Bike), Aaron
Hagen (Sportsman) and Charles Willis Sr. (Super Pro
and five fellow racers – Mike Eggleston, John
Ratulowski, Mike Ratulowski, Corey Landolt and Clay
Tyler – won the 2015 GMP Team Challenge over four
other teams. The victorious Team Tuff Paw contained
two championship-winning drivers.
Frenzy at Milan Dragway
MI - To our Blue Oval friends in Michigan, Milan
Dragway’s Ford Frenzy is for you. This all-Ford
day of drag racing and car show is Saturday, September 12,
2015. Vehicles must be Ford-bodies or Ford-powered. Race
classes include Ford Truck, Sportsman (11.50 and slower,
no steps or t-brakes), Nostalgia (1990 and older, no box),
Box (1/8 mile), No Box (no boxes, no rear-engine dragsters)
and Battle of the Mustangs.
Ford Truck and Ford
Sportsman each pay $400 Win, $100 Runner-Up,
$50 Semis and $25 Quarters, based on 15 cars. Entry is
$40, buybacks are $20.
Nostalgia, Box, No Box
and Battle of the Mustangs each pay $1,000
Win, $250 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters, based
on 40 cars. Entry is $40, buybacks are $20.
Gates open at 9:00 am. Visit www.MilanDragway.com
for more info.
Finale with Double ET Points Races at Auto Plus Raceway
FL – Attention in the Florida pits! Auto
Plus Raceway will close out its 2015 Summit Racing
ET Bracket Series with the final two points races on a single
day, Saturday, September 12.
Classes include Super Pro
(4.40 – 7.75 – 1/8th mile ET; $60 entry, $25
buybacks), Pro (5.70 – 8.99 –
1/8th mile ET; $50 entry, $25 buybacks), Sportsman
(11.50 – 19.99 1/4 mile ET, $35 entry, $15 buybacks),
Pro Bike (7.50 –
15.99 ¼ mile ET; $35 entry, $15 buybacks) and Jr.
Dragster ($25 entry, $15 buybacks).
track will be hosting a Racer Appreciation Lunch between
the first and second races. After the lunch there’ll
be a Dialing for Dollars round prior to the second race.
Gates open at 8:30 am with time trials
at 10:00 am. Visit autoplusraceway.com
for more info.
Super 7 Series 2015 Grand Finale Coming Up September 4 -
AL - For our racing friends in Alabama is the
Super 7 Series 2015 Grand Finale at Montgomery
Raceway Park. This three day event is Friday
– Sunday, September 4th – 6th, 2015.
Pro races all three days. Friday’s payout is $5,000
Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $250 Quarters
and $25 Round starting 3rd Round Win. Entry for Friday
is $150; buybacks are $50. Saturday and Sunday
each pay $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000
Semis, $500 Quarters and $50 Round starting 3rd Round
Win. Entry each day is $150; buybacks are $100. Enter
all three races for $300. All payouts based on 100 car
class races on Saturday and Sunday. Each day pays $1,750
Win, $500 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters,
based on 40 entries. Entry is $60 per day; buybacks are
Dragster races on Saturday and Sunday. Each day pays $500
Win, $100 Runner-Up and $25 Semis, based on 16
entries. Entry is $30 per day; buybacks are $20 1st or
special event for Friday and Saturday is the Super Pro
Million $ Shootout that pays the Winner an entry into
the Million $ Race; the Runner-Up receives an entry into
three $25K races at the Million. Entry is $100 each day.
32 car minimum.
open Thursday at 4:00 pm for parking only. Gates open
Friday at 8:00 am, Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am. Visit
for more information.
TNT Super Series at Empire's IHRA Pro-Am
Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series rolled into Empire
Dragway on August 22 as part of the IHRA Summit Pro-Am weekend.
38 cars staged for a little Saturday night 7.00 index shoot-out
with Paul Young from Alden, New York ultimately taking the
event win. Young qualified 16th with a 7.039 and proceeded
to take out Kirk Parry in round one by cutting down the
tree with a .016 and coasting to a 7.026.
Ryan was next and gave Young a run for his money in second
round. Ryan was good at .009 but Young was better at .004.
At the stripe, Young’s 7.004 closed the door on Ryan's
7.011. Third round he met with Rob Holden. Both drivers
were less than stellar on the tree .067 to a .119 but that
difference allowed Young to back into him for the win. He
got it back in the fourth round bye with an .016 6.998 effort.
The semis had him up against two-time TNTSS champion JJ
Jablonski. Separated by a mere .003 off the line, Young
took it in a double breakout 6.986 to 6.976.
$1000 money round at 2:45am paired Young with last year's
TNTSS champion Jason Vitez. The race ended as soon as it
began with Vitez going red and Young laying down a .010
light paired with a 7.001 ET; An .011 package just to show
he meant business.
Young was the 2009 TNTSS points champion and now has only
two races separating him from winning his second Joe's Transmission
TNT Super Series championship.
High Dollars Nationals at London Dragway
KY – Our friends in the Blue Grass State should
get to London Dragway for the Kentucky
High Dollars Nationals, September 4-6, 2015.
Top ET races Friday,
Saturday and Sunday. The payout per day is $7,500 Win,
$1,500 Runner-Up, $400 Semis, $200 Quarters and $100 Eighths,
based on 125 cars. Entry per day is $125, or a 3-day entry
is $300. Buybacks are $60.
Mod ET races Friday,
Saturday and Sunday. The payout per day is $1,200 Win,
$300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters, based on
45 cars. Entry per day is $50, or a 3-day entry is $120.
Buybacks are $40.
Saturday and Sunday each feature
a Super 64 Shootout, open to the first 64 racers
who enter. Saturday’s pays $20,000 Win, $4,000 Runner-Up,
$1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters and $250 Eighths. Entry is
$500; no buybacks. Sunday’s pays $10,000 Win, $2,000
Runner-Up, $800 Semis and $400 Quarters. Entry is $300;
no buybacks. You must call 606-231-3446 to pre-enter
Gates open Thursday 5-10 pm for parking.
Gates open Friday at 9 am with time trials at noon. Gates
open Saturday at 9 am with time trials at 10 am. Gates
open Sunday at 8 am with a time run at 10 am.
For more information visit www.londondragway.com.
Maple Grove's 2015 ET Bracket Racing Series
Pa. - The final race of the 2015 Sunoco Race Fuels
Money Trail ET Bracket Racing Series at Maple Grove Raceway
was held Saturday, August 22 with a twilight event. Cool
temperatures lead to some fast racing at the race, which
saw Shayne Beck take the win in the Gold
Rush Trailers Super Pro division. Beck, of Narvon, Pa.,
defeated Alan Robinson
of Honeybrook, Pa. in the final heat of the division. Beck
won the race when Robinson red lighted at the start.
(West Chester, Pa.) was the winner in Ciccarone Racing
Products Pro Eliminator, as he ran his '66 Chevy to the
victory over Paul Thimm,
Jr. (Mohnton, Pa.) and his '27 Ford Roadster.
Smith took the win on a double break out, with Smith getting
closer to his dial-in than Thimm.
P.C. Richard and Son Street Eliminator
was won by Ted Meyle from Chalfont, Pa.
Meyle beat Phil Williams
in the final elimination when Williams red lighted at
Taking the win light in Reading Standard
Motorsports Top Bike was repeat winner Kyle Gockley
of Mohnton, Pa. Gockley rode his Suzuki to the win over
Austin Youndt of Stevens, Pa.
of Douglassville, Pa. visited Sunoco Race Fuels Victory
Lane in the Universal Technical Institute Junior Dragster
division, defeating Braylon Kuhn,
also of Douglassville.
The Junior Street class saw Samantha
Hess of Mountville, Pa. take the win
over his finals competition Ian Bechtel
of Reading, Pa. Hess won when Bechtel red lighted at the
The Trophy class was won on Saturday by
Tim Rubendull of Pottstown,
Pa. Rubendull defeated James Ely
of Center Valley, Pa. by posting a reaction time of .013
compared to Ely's .088.
Pro Dial was once again part of the action
on Saturday night, with Jayme Colon
taking the win light. Colon, of Reading, Pa., drove his
'68 Camaro to the win based on his competition, Shane
Sweigart of Reading, Pa., fouling at
the starting line.
Lastly, the NHRA King of the Track was
crowned Saturday night, and the King was Shayne
Beck of Narvon, Pa. The winners of Super
Pro, Pro, Street, and Top Bike all ran in the final heats
of the night and in the final it was Beck taking out Kyle
Gockley to secure the victory.
Matriarch Barbara Schultz Passes
VA., August 23, 2015 - Barbara Schultz,
matriarch of a prolific racing family, passed away after
a prolonged illness at age 79. Mrs. Schultz will be remembered
by many in the drag racing community as the mother and business
manager of Roberta Schultz Mack, a fixture on the East Coast
funny car match racing circuit in the 1970s and 1980s along
with her late husband Walter “Tex” Schultz.
addition to her daughter Roberta, her son Carl drove the
family funny car and her daughter Suzie drove the family
Pro Stock car on the early Miss America Pro Stock Circuit.
Her son-in-law Tod Mack is the founder and former owner
of the Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek,
MD among several other drag strips and recognized as one
of the sport’s influential innovators. He also drove
the Big Mac Attack funny cars for many years. Her oldest
son, Walter, was the guiding force of her youngest son
Shawn’s very successful motocross career.
current generation of grandchildren and great-grandchildren
are continuing the Schultz motorsports legacy with Greg
Cooper a successful motocross racer and great granddaughters
Alexis and Mia Schultz major forces on the PDRA and NHRA
Junior Dragster circuits.
Championships at Toronto Motorsports Park
5th Annual Dragstar Labour Day Championships
are Saturday and Sunday, September 5 & 6,
2015 at Toronto Motorsports Park.
These are the final two races for the DSE Sportsman Series
championship. Saturday features the DSE All-Star Race
that pits sixteen of the top DSE racers against each other
for $1,000 cash.
on the schedule are Quick 16, Super Pro and Modified. Quick
16 pays $1,100 Win, $450 Runner-Up, $250 Semis
and $50 Quarters (15 cars needed for full payouts). Entry
is $150 per day. Super Pro pays $1,100 Win, $450
Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $160 Quarters and $80 Eighths
(52 cars needed for full payouts). Entry is $60 per day
plus gate fee. Modified pays $1,000
Win, $450 Runner-Up, $230 Semis, $180 Quarters,
$130 Eighths and $80 Sixteenths (65 cars needed for full
payouts). Entry is $50 per day plus gate fee.
open 9:00 am each day. For more information visit SportsmanRacingSeries.ca.
Shootout at Skyview Drags on August 29
NY - No race car? No problem! Bring your street vehicle
to Skyview Drags for the Super
Street Shootout on Saturday, August 29,
This dial-in race is for street-legal
cars, trucks and motorcycles. Cars must have DOT tires,
full exhaust, no electronics, no transbrakes. Helmet is
required. There are no ET limits, and fire jackets are
required for 7.49 or quicker ETs. 6.49 or quicker require
safety gear mandated for those ETs.
Payout is $1,500 + trophy Win,
$600 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $30 Round starting
with 3rd Round Win. Entry is $42, 1st or 2nd Round buybacks
Gates open at 10:30 am with time trials
at 1 pm. Visit www.SkyviewDrags.com
for more info.
Jim Beattie Stock / Super Stock Memorial at Cecil County Dragway
Sun, MD - It was a great weekend for ATI racers at
the NHRA Division 1 event at Cecil County Dragway.
ATI Performance Products, Inc awarded $1,000
to the winners in Stock and Super Stock as part of the
Jim Beattie Stock / Super Stock Memorial and both
winners were ATI equipped.
Linke took his '97 Camaro to the winner's circle
in Stock Eliminator for the first time
this season at Cecil County using a Super Damper, Treemaster
Converter and Super F ATF. Bubba's engine builder, Joel
Warren, took the top spot in Super Stock
with a Super Damper, Treemaster Converter and Super F
ATF as well! Long time ATI racer Iggie Boicesco
added another win to his impressive season with a win
in Super Gas. He now sits in first place
in the NHRA Division 1 points.
would like to thank the staff of Cecil County Dragway
and NHRA Division 1 for their help in making the 1st Annual
Jim Beattie Stock / Super Stock Memorial a success and
hopes to return to take part in the event in 2016. ATI
Performance Products is located a short drive from Cecil
County Raceway in Baltimore, MD, and specializes in racing
and high performance driveline and engine components.
For more information about ATI, visit www.ATIRacing.com.
PRI News: Attendee Pre-Registration Brochure Now Available
ready for the three biggest business days in racing, as
this year's PRI Trade Show features displays
from more than 1200 leading race industry suppliers, including
over 100 first-time exhibitors, as well as all-new events,
traditional favorites and more. The Advanced
Attendee Registration Brochure has the scoop
on PRI 2015.
Dawgs Brawl at Atmore Dragway
AL - Racers from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi
will converge upon Atmore Dragway on Sunday,
September 6, 2015 for the Big Dawg Shootout.
4.30 Class pays $3,000 Win, $1,000
Runner-Up, $500 Semis and $200 Quarters. Free
entry for driver + two crew.
4.70 and 5.50 Classes each pay
$2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $100
Quarters. Entry is $100.
7.00 Class pays $1,000 Win, $300
Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $100 Quarters. Entry
Eight car minimum for each class. No throttle
stops. Door cars only in Index classes. Any power adders,
turbos, nitrous, blowers are permitted. Gates open at
noon, qualifying at 5 pm. Visit www.AtmoreDragway.com
for more info.
What You Brung... at The River
TX – Saturday August 29 is the
Run What You Brung Shootout at Little
classes include 5.80 Index ($75 entry), 6.20 Index ($50
Entry) and 7.00 Index ($40 entry). Other heads-up, 1/8
mile, Pro tree racing includes Dragsters ($150 Entry,
$2,500 purse), True 10.5 and Trucks (separate classes.
Entry is $100, purse is $1,500) and Door Slammers (entry
$100, purse TBD).
open at 2 pm. Staging lanes open at 6 pm. Visit www.LittleRiverDragway.com
for more info.
Series of Drag Racing at Cordova Int’l Raceway
IL - Cordova International Raceway
has a huge event coming up Friday – Sunday,
August 28 – 30, 2015. It’s the
62nd Annual World Series of Drag Racing, and it
features racing in Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Top ET,
Mod ET, Super ET and True Street. There’ll also be
High Roller races on Friday and Saturday.
Sportsman and Top Dragster are separate eliminators. Each
pays $600 Win and $150 Runner-Up. The winner
of each will face off in the TS vs TD Run-Off for another
$500 to the winner. Entry is $100.
Sportsman purses are: Top ET (0.00-11.49) pays $3,000
Win, $1,250 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $200 Quarters
and $150 Eighths. Entry is $120. Mod ET (0.00
– 13.99) pays $2,000 Win, $800 Runner-Up,
$250 Semis, $150 Semis and $100 Eighths. Entry is $85.
Super ET (11.50 – 13.99) pays $1,000 Win,
$400 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, $100 Quarters and
$50 Eighths. Entry is $75. True Street ($13.50
– slower) pays $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up,
$100 Semis, $50 Quarters and $25 Eighths. Entry is $70.
High-Roller pays $1,500 Win and $700 Runner-Up.
Entry is $80. Saturday’s High-Roller pays
$2,000 Win and $1,000 Runner-Up. Entry is $95.
open 8:00 am Friday, 7:00 am on Saturday and 8:30 am on
Sunday. Visit www.RaceCIR.com
for more info.
Makes It Two Weeks In A Row In Super Pro at Maple Grove Raceway
Pa. - Scott Lorish has won the Gold
Rush Trailers Super Pro class in the Sunoco Race Fuels
Money Trail ET Bracket Racing Series at Maple Grove Raceway
on Sunday, August 2 and again on Saturday, August 8.
Lorish (Center Valley, Pa.) won in convincing fashion
on Saturday in the final elimination, driving to a 7.628
ET at 171.49 mph with a .005 reaction time. That was enough
to beat Lanny Werley (Leesport, Pa.)
who posted an ET of 8.697 at 154.09 mph, .016 reaction
Over in the Ciccarone Racing Products Pro class, Denny
Renninger (Leesport, Pa.) came out the winner
with a 12.826 ET at 107.15 mph, .006 reaction time. His
competition in the final, Rich Pennington
(Buito, Pa.) made his pass at 9.518, 137.82 mph and a
.043 reaction time.
The P.C. Richard & Son Street Eliminator class saw
Dave Raser (Oxford, Pa.) take the finals
win, posting a 13.382 ET at 93.84 and a .052 reaction
time. This was a double break out win, as both he and
his competitor, John Grater (Zieglerville,
Pa.) were under their dial-ins. Grater ran a 11.569 at
118.45 mph with a .110 reaction time.
Cory Stuebner (Orwigsburg, Pa.) came
out on top of the Reading Standard Motorsports Top Bike
class, posting a .042 reaction time with a 8.950 ET at
143.00. It was good enough to beat Chris Olejar
in the final eliminiation. Olejar (Conshohocken, Pa.)
rode to a 9.923 ET at 135.91 mph, .078 reaction time.
Ian Bechtel (Reading, Pa.) came out the
victor in Junior Street, posting an ET of 11.273 at 63.45
mph with a .056 reaction time. He beat out Robert
Weidenhammer, also of Reading, Pa., who ran an
10.432 ET at 66.66 mph, with a .256 reaction time.
Trophy class saw Jeremy Weaver (Hanover,
Pa.) take home first place, as he piloted his 2011 XTerra
to a 16.017 ET at 81.52 mph, with a .071 reaction time.
His competitor in the final, Shannon Cain
of West Chester, Pa. drove her Infiniti to an ET of 14.326
at 97.96 mph, .146 reaction time.
Don Garloff of Lititz, Pa. was able to
win another final elimination in Pro Dial, just like he
did the previous week. Garloff did it by posting a 10.611
ET at 124.16 mph with a .034 reaction time. He beat Tim
Ash of Spring City, Pa. Ash posted a 13.684 ET
at 102.47 mph with a .006 reaction time.
Joining the festivities for Saturday was the East Coast
Stock/Superstock series. George Yago
(Pittsburgh, Pa.) came out the victor in this class by
posting a 9.871 at 134.77 mph with a .040 reaction time.
His challenger in the finals, Michael Preston
of Bear, De., broke out with a 9.679 ET on a 9.72 dial
in. Preston ran 136.18 mph with a .076 reaction time.
Day Special at I-64 Motorplex
KY – I-64 Motorplex has three
days of bracket racing coming up on Labor Day Weekend,
Saturday – Monday, September 5 – 7, 2015.
Classes are Top ET, No Box, Sportsman, Jr. Dragster and
16-Car Shootout. Each class has eliminators on all three
ET pays $2,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis
and $75 Quarters, based on 45 cars. Entry is $70, buybacks
are $35. No Box pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up,
$100 Semis and $60 Quarters, based on 30 cars. Entry is
$50, buybacks are $25. Sportsman pays $50 + trophy
Win, $20 + trophy Runner-Up and $35 Semis. Entry
is $25, buybacks are $15. Jr. Dragster pays $50
+ trophy Win and $20 + trophy Runner-Up. Entry
is free with paid Adult Pass, buybacks are $10. The
16-Car Shootout pays $1,000 Win and $200 Runner-Up.
Entry is $80.
open Friday at 4 pm for parking. Gates open Saturday at
12 noon with time trials at 2 pm. Gates open Sunday and
Monday at 10 am with time trials at 12 noon. Visit www.I64Motorplex.com
for more info.
England Hot Rod Reunion at New England Dragway
NH - The 2015 New England Hot Rod Reunion®
is coming up at New England Dragway on
Friday – Sunday, August 28 – 30.
In addition to the nostalgia rails, funny cars and altereds,
Sportsman classes include:
Pro Eliminator and 7.50 Eliminator. These are
all run fields with heads up competition for front engine
dragsters, center steer altereds, ’79 and older
funny cars and full bodied door cars. .400 Pro Tree.
Eliminator. An all run field for front engine
dragsters, altereds, ’79 and older funny cars and
left steer street roadsters. Five Indexes, between 8.00
and 10.00 seconds. Handicap starts, .400 ProTree.
Eliminator. For all 1979 and older bodied door
cars. Must have two functional doors. Handicap Starts
- .400 Pro Tree.
Eliminator. For all ’79 and older bodied
cars and left hand steer street roadsters. Six Indexes
between 10.00 and 12.50 seconds on handicap full tree.
Stock Eliminator. For ’72 and older stock
bodied cars with any drive train. Factory type spoilers
and hood scoops allowed. Full glass windows, factory type
interiors, and bumpers required. No tire limits, but must
fit within wheel wells. Suspension component not limited.
Rod Eliminator. A composite bracket category
for all 1986 and older cars that cannot fit within the
other NHRR Classes. Minimum 8.50 seconds to maximum 13.99
seconds. All run field with handicaps based on individual
best qualifying times –dial-ins cannot be changed
during eliminations. 13.99 minimum elapsed time required
more information about the New England Hot Rod
Reunion, visit www.nhramuseum.org.
For more information about New England Dragway,
Warz at Montgomery Raceway Park
AL - Montgomery Raceway Park presents
Grudge Warz on Sunday, August 30,
2015. Classes include Small Tire 29 & smaller,
Big Tire 29W & bigger, 6.0 Index, 7.0 Index and 8.0
Small Tire and Big Tire each has
a $100 entry and the track adds $1,000 to the pot.
6.0 Index pays $1,200 Win; entry is $75.
7.0 Index pays $1,000 Win; entry is $50.
8.0 Index pays $300 Win; entry is free.
No throttle stops in 6.0, 7.0 or 8.0 Index classes.
Gates open at 10 am with a test &
tune at noon. Qualifying is 4 pm and eliminations start
at 5 pm. Visit www.MontgomeryRacewayPark.com
for more info.
Fest presented by Fun Ford at Memphis Int’l Raceway
TN - Our Blue Oval racing friends
in Tennessee should get to Memphis International
Raceway on Friday-Saturday, August 28-29
for Throttle Fest presented by Fun Ford.
Bracket racing classes include
Fast Ford Challenge (with electronics, payout
is $800 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis. Entry is $40),
Quick Ford Challenge (no electronics,
$600 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $75 Semis. Entry is $40), Street
Ford (DOT tires and registration required, $250
Win, $100 Runner-Up. Entry is $35) and two trophy classes
for $25 entry each: Tuff Truck and Mustang.
Gates open Friday at 7:30 pm with an open
test & tune from 8 – midnight. Gates open Saturday
at 8 am with time trials at noon. Visit www.RaceMIR.com
for more info.
Mini Million at Piedmont Dragway August 21 & 22
NC - The Mini Million comes to Piedmont
Dragway on Friday & Saturday, August
21 & 22, 2015.
The event features two $10Ks and
a $20K. The $10Ks are Friday & Saturday; each pays
$10,000 Win, $2,500 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis,
$400 6th Round Win, $300 5th Round Win, $200 4th Round
Win, and $100 3rd Round Win. Entry is $125 per race, 1st
round buybacks are $100.
Saturday first race is the $20K
that pays $20,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $2,000
Semis, $650 6th Round Win, $500 5th Round Win, $350 4th
Round Win and $200 3rd Round Win. Entry is $250, 1st round
buybacks are $150.
open Friday at 9:00 am with time trials starting at noon.
Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am. Visit www.TheMillionOnline.com
for more info.
Dragway Bracket Series on August 29 & 30
Huntsville Dragway Bracket Series continues on
Saturday August 29 and Sunday August 30, 2015 with
big money races in Pro and Footbrake.
Saturday and Sunday, Pro pays $10,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up,
$500 Semis, $200 Quarters and $100 Eighths. Entry for
either day is $150, or a 2-day entry is $250.
Saturday and Sunday, Footbrake pays $2,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up,
$250 Semis, $100 Quarters and $50 Eighths. Entry for either
day is $60, or a 2-day entry is $100.
open at 9 am Saturday and 8 am Sunday. Visit www.HuntsvilleDragway.us.
Days Nostalgia Drags at Maple Grove Raceway on August 23
PA – The Glory Days Nostalgia Drags
are coming up on Sunday, August 23, 2015
at Maple Grove Raceway.
The featured drag racing portion of the
nostalgia racing fest will include the 422 All-Stars
(nostalgia Super Stocks), the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia
Drag Racing Association (MANDRA) and bracket
Bracket classes include Nostalgia
E.T. (non-electronics; no cars newer than 1990)
that pays $800 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $75 Quarters
and $50 Eighths. Entry in this eliminator is $50. The
Geezers bracket is for drivers who are
$55 & older. Payout is 4’ Trophy Win, 3’
Trophy Runner-Up and 2’ Trophy Semis. Entry is $20.
Pro Dial pays 50% of purse to Win, 25%
of purse to Runner-Up and 12.5% of purse to Semis. Entry
is $40, of which $25 goes to the purse.
open at 8:00 am with time trials at 9:00 am and eliminations
at 1:00 pm. For more information visit www.maplegroveraceway.com.
Luskville Dragway’s 34th Annual Bracket Bonanza
our friend Mike Lacelle who attended Luskville
Dragway’s 34th Annual Bracket Bonanza: "The
bracket race that's called the richest in Canada was the best
3 days ever witnessed. The added paving done in the pit area
by owner Arnie Malcolm prior to the event only made it that
much better. With race cars and trailers parking on Wednesday
and Thursday the race had competitors from 3 provinces from
Canada and 3 US states. With almost $75,000 up for grabs divided
among 3 days the action was incredible. Super Pro alone had
61 cars-43 were dragsters of the T/D and S/C class.
Super Pro Winners:
Super Pro, Friday: Denis Souliere
over Frank Mark Sr. for $12,500 (top photo);
Super Pro, Saturday: Marco Laframboise
over Frank Mark Jr. for $10,000 (photo above);
Super Pro, Sunday: Adam Bitzanis
over Darren Frasso (photo above, upper right) for $10,000.
Luskville Semi Pro Winners:
Semi Pro, Friday: Rob Graveline
for $2,000 (photo below);
Pro, Saturday: Gord
Harling for $2,000 (photo right);
Pro, Sunday: Pat
Kohl for $2,000 (photo
above, lower right)
Summit SuperSeries Race at Palm Beach International
racers of Palm Beach International Raceway,
here's an announcement from PBIR: "After rain cancelled
the first attempt at the IHRA Summit SuperSeries Race #11,
August 22, 2015 will be the make up race. Classes competing
during the race will include Top Eliminator sponsored by
South Florida Choppers, Super Eliminator sponsored by Chassis
Engineering, Quick 16 Dragster, Quick 16 Door Car, Street
Bike, and Junior Dragster. This is the final race of the
season and champions will be crowned. Track goes hot at
5 pm for time runs."
ET payout is Winner $1,000, Runner-Up $400, Semi
$125 and Quarter $50. Entry is $50, buybacks are $25.
Super Eliminator payout is Winner $800, Runner-Up $400,
Semi $125 and Quarter $50. Entry is $40, buybacks are
more information visit www.RacePBIR.com.
Series Shootout Finale August 28 & 29 at Cordova International
IL - The 2015 Quick Series Shootout Series
comes to a close the weekend of August 28 &
29 at Cordova International Raceway.
Thie Quick Series Shootout qualifies the quickest 8 Top
Sportsman and the quickest 8 Top Dragsters. Each class
will vie for $600 Win and $150 Runner-Up. The winner of
each will face each other in a shootout race that pays
an additional $500. Entry is $100. Non-Qualifiers get
entry back less Test n Tune fee.
The 2015 Quick Series Shootout Year-End
Points Fund pays: 1st Place - $1,000 and a Dyno Day
Session at West Racing Heads in Geneseo, IL; 2nd Place
- $600; 3rd Place - $500; 4th Place - $400 and 5th Place
- $300. For information, visit www.racecir.com.
Doubles-Up on August 1 at Maple Grove Raceway
Pa. - Paul Werner of Sinking Spring,
Pa. sure does like to repeat himself, because he's making
a habit out of visiting Maple Grove Raceway's Sunoco Race
Fuels Victory Lane in 2015. Werner won in two classes on
Saturday, August 1 during the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail
No. 12, those being Ciccarone Racing Products
Pro Eliminator and PC Richard and
Son Street Eliminator.
Werner, running in his '80 Malibu, took the win in Pro over
Tom Rock of Laureldale, Pa., after Rock's car broke before
the final elimination round. And then in Street, Werner
was able to get by Matthew Smith of Coatesville, Pa. when
Smith fouled at the start of the final race.
In Gold Rush Trailers Super Pro, it was
Gene Irvin (Flourtown, Pa.) capturing the
win with a 9.285 on a 9.28 dial-in at 145.89 mph in his
'69 Mustang, defeating John Seiverling
(Bethel, Pa.), who ran his '71 Nova to a pass of 8.926 on
a 8.91 dial in at 151.26 mph.
Kyle Gockley of Mohnton, Pa. rode his '03
Suzuki to a Reading Standard Motorsports Top
Bike win. Gockley ran 8.874 seconds on
a 8.90 dial-in at 156.03 mph in the final, while his competition
Danny Boyer (York, Pa.) ran 9.360 seconds
on a 9.39 dial in at 137.96 mph on his '72 Kawasaki.
In UTI Junior Dragsters it was CJ
Ketterer of Sellersville, Pa. driving to the final
elimination win over Kelsey Brinkman
of Boyertown, Pa. Ketterer posted a final run of 7.909 on
a 7.90 dial in at 81.19 mph which was enough to beat Brinkman's
8.921 on a 8.90 dial in, running 73.60 mph.
Junior Street saw a battle
of brothers in the finals, as Luke Karol
beat his older brother Jake Karol.
Luke ran his '08 Jeep Wrangler to a 11.665 ET on a 11.60
dial in with a .014 reaction time, which was enough to beat
Jake's 9.199 on a 9.12 dial in, .086 reaction time.
Trophy class saw a strong lineup on Saturday,
with the win going to Charles Augustine
of Kutztown, Pa. Augustin, in his '13 Challenger, took the
win over Jeremy Weaver of Hanover, Pa. Augustine ran a final
pass of 12.688 on a dial-in of 12.68 at 109.97 mph, while
Weaver posted a 15.846 ET on a 15.86 dial in, going 86.08
Frenzy at Elk Creek Dragway
Creek, VA - Listen up all you no-box / no-brake racers
in the mid-Atlantic area: Elk Creek Dragway
has an event for you on Saturday, August 22, 2015
at their Footbrake Frenzy.
The payout is $2,500 Win, $500
Runner-Up, $125 Semis and $20 Round starting
with 3rd Round Win. Payouts based on 60 cars. Entry is
$60, buybacks are $30. Double-entries permitted, deep
staging honored, no center-steer cars.
addition to the Footbrake Frenzy, it’s a regular
bracket points day for Super Pro, DOT, Jrs. and Motorcycles.
Gates open at noon, time runs are at 2:00 pm and eliminations
start at 6:00 pm. Visit www.ElkCreekDragway.com
for more information.
Officials Announce Electronic Fuel Injection System Rules
Calif. (Aug. 13, 2015) – NHRA
announced today the rules and requirements for the 2016
Pro Stock category in their transition to electronic fuel
The sanctioning body has named Holley as the sole provider
of the components of the electronic fuel injection system.
The complete rules and requirements are available from www.nhraracer.com
The changes in the category will make the engines more relevant
from a technology standpoint. In order to reduce and control
costs for the race teams, an NHRA-controlled 10,500 Rev
Limiter will be added to the fuel injection systems.
The change to EFI in the factory hot-rod category is among
several changes to the category. NHRA required teams to
back their racecars into the pits and leave engines uncovered
beginning at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. A rule was also
created to discontinue the practice of crew members standing
beside the cars to hold them in place as they begin their
burnouts. It was also mandated for teams to create automobile
manufacturer identification headers visible on the racecars’
windshields up to a maximum of 4.5-inches high, but not
smaller than 2.125-inches.
Starting in 2016, NHRA also will require Pro Stock teams
to remove all hood scoops and reduce the length of the wheelie
bars to a length specified by the NHRA Tech Department.
in the Hills September 4 – 6, 2015 at Numidia Dragway
PA - Numidia Dragway presents a big
weekend of racing for big bucks gambler races. The 2015
edition of the track’s popular SuperBucks
in the Hills is coming up Friday –
Sunday, September 4 – 6, 2015. These GUARANTEED
PAYOUT, ¼ mile races are for Electronics (6.50-11.99)
and Footbrake (8.50-15.99).
and Sunday’s Electronics races each pay $5,000 Win,
$1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis, $300 5th Round
Win, $200 4th Round Win, $150 3rd Round Win and $75 2nd
Round Win. Entry is $150, and 1st Round buybacks are $90.
and Sunday’s Footbrake races each pay $3,000 Win,
$1,000 Runner-Up, $400 Semis and $50 Round starting
2nd Round Win. Entry is $90, and 1st Round buybacks are
has $5,000 races, one for for Dragsters and one for for
Doorcars. Payouts are $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up,
$600 Semis, $300 5th Round Win, $200 4th Round Win, $150
3rd Round Win and $75 2nd Round Win. At the end, the Dragster
winner races the Doorcar winner for an extra $2,500. It
will be dragster vs. dragster and door car vs. door car
to the ladder round, and within the Doorcar category footbrake
will be separate until the ladder. Entry is $150, and
1st Round buybacks are $90.
night will be three High Roller races (Electronics Door
Cars, Electronics Dragsters and Footbrake) that
each pay $2,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up and $275 Semis. 1/8
mile, open to first 16 cars, $275 entry. Call
Vinny to sign up: 570-351-5300.
is open all day for parking. Gates open Friday at 10:00
am with time trials starting at 11:00 am. Gates open Saturday
at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Gates open Sunday
at 8:00 am with a single time trial at 10:00 am. For more
information visit www.numidiadragway.com.
2015 Shakedown Shootout at Lebanon Valley
Lebanon, NY - If you have a registered and inspected
street car, bring it to Lebanon Valley Dragway
on Friday, August 14th 2015 for the 3rd Annual Shakedown
cars must be registered and inspected, but mufflers are
not required. VIN on car must match the registration.
License plates may not be “transporter” or
“dealer” plates. No towing to lanes or back
to pits: all cars must be driven. There will be two classes,
Big Tire and Small Tire. You get one time trial and then
you race. Pairings are random and the race will be on
a .400 Pro tree with no times displayed. The winners of
each class will race each other in the final for $2,500
prize money. Entry is $100 for racers; spectators and
crew are $5.
open at 3:30 pm. Tech 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm. Time trials
at 5:00 pm. First Round at 6:00 pm sharp. Visit www.dragway.com
for more info.
News: A Word from Performance Racing Industry
you're planning on attending the 2015 Performance
Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis, IN this December,
here's a word about hotels from PRI itself: "Don't
Get Taken For a Ride - Book Safely With PRI Housing. The
PRI Trade Show unfortunately attracts an unscrupulous element
in the form of rogue
travel agencies. Among those on PRI's radar
of late are HLS Global and Elite
Expo. But others will almost certainly emerge.
Exhibitors are instead urged to book their Indianapolis
reservations through the trusted PRI Housing."
& $10K Colonial Classic at Virginia Motorsports Park
Dinwiddie, VA - The 2nd Annual Colonial Classic
is coming up at Virginia Motorsports Park
on Friday-Sunday August 14-16, 2015. Each
day includes 1/8-mile big money gambler races for Footbrake
and Top ET.
Friday’s and Sunday’s
Footbrake and Top ET races each pay $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up,
$600 Semis and $100 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Entry
per race is $100; buybacks are $60.
Saturday’s main event races
for Footbrake and Top ET each pay $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up,
$1,000 Semis and $100 Round starting with 3rd Round win.
Entry is $150, buybacks are $80.
three-day weekend entry is also available for $290. Double
entries permitted. Gates open for parking on Thursday night
and stay open through Friday (time trials start at 8:30
am Friday). Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am; gates open Sunday
at 9:00 am.
more information visit www.VirginiaMotorsports.com.
City Nationals at Huntsville Dragway
AL - Racers
in the vicinity of Huntsville Dragway should
mark Friday & Saturday, August 14 & 15
on their calendars for the Rocket City Nationals.
Quick 8, X275, 4.70, 6.00 & 7.00 and Jr. Dragster.
Quick 8 pays $3,000 Win, $1,000
Runner-Up, $750 Semis and $500 Eighths. X275,
4.70 and 6.00 & 7.00 each pay $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up
and $120 Semis. Entry is $120. Jr.
Dragster pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100
Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry is $50.
Gates open 9:00 am on Friday and 8:00
am Saturday. For more info visit HuntsvilleDragway.us
for more info.
Saturday Night at Palm Beach International on August 22
FL - Outlaw Saturday Night is coming
up Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Palm Beach International
Raceway. This is an Open Test & Tune where
no times are displayed on the scoreboards. Racer entry is
$20; time slips are available for $1 each. Gates open at
6:00 pm, test & tune starts at 6:30 am. All vehicles
must adhere to IHRA safety rules; IHRA rules can be found
more information about Palm Beach International, visit
NHRA Division 4 National Open
from the first NHRA National Open in close to 20 years in
Division 4, held recently at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX.
32 Run Off Final (Quick Open Vs Quick Door)
WIN: Mike Crader, Bedford
TX, 2007 Monden RED (.030 light, 4.69 dial, 4.702 @ 145.20)
R/U: Riley Howard, Pilot Point TX, 1978
Chevy (.038 light, 5.65 dial, 5.648 @ 120.94)
Open Wheel Final
WIN: Mike Crader (.013
light, 4.69 dial, 4.708 @ 145.96)
R/U: Thomas Marlow, Mesquite TX (.025 light,
4.75 dial, 4.770 @ 145.11)
Door Slammer Final
WIN: Riley Howard (.005
light, 5.62 dial, 5.646 @ 119.94)
R/U: Chad Hankins, Winsboro TX, '74 Vega
(-.007 foul, 5.80 dial, 5.813 @ 118.99)
WIN: Chase Huffman (Super Comp), Burleson
TX, '04 Mullis (.005 light, 5.70 index, 5.716 @ 119.36)
R/U: Mark McCall (Super Street), Arlington
TX, 81 Pontiac (.034 light, 6.90 index, 6.890 @ 113.08)
WIN: Jacob Pitt, Mansfield
TX, '69 C/SA Plymouth (.014 light, 6.62 dial, 6.634 @ 98.37)
R/U: Todd Erwin, Kennedale TX, '98 A/SA
Firebird (.030 light, 6.73 dial, 6.731 @ 98.78)
Drag Strip Nostalgia Drags at Lebanon Valley Dragway
2015 Dover Drag Strip Nostalgia Drags will
be held Saturday & Sunday August 15 & 16,
2015 at Lebanon Valley Dragway
in West Lebanon, NY.
the first single-day event in 2009 at Island Dragway, the
Dover Drag Strip Nostalgia Drags has grown to include a
rod & custom show on Sunday, and various nostalgia drag
racing groups holding their points races the same weekend.
Returning this year will be the North East Timing
Organization (NETO), the Northeast Nostalgia
Drag Racing Association (NENDRA) and the East
Coast Gassers. But the main element is the original
Dover racers that fill out the “Dover Eliminator”
competition on Sunday. As in previous years there will be
Nostalgia Funny Cars in action; this year will see the first
8-Car Shoot-Out. Also new for this year is the introduction
of Drag Alley, a nostalgia race car display with legendary
racers from all over the northeast. The “Dover Originals”
display will feature actual cars that ran at Dover, and
scheduled to be exhibited is the famous “Blown Hearse
restoration project of Billy Coleman. Coming in all the
way from Michigan will be the debut of the restored Bobby
Lagana “Chevamoco” altered wheelbase Falcon
weekend starts on Friday as early arrivals find a pit spot.
Saturday’s schedule includes test & tune, two
gambler’s races and points race eliminations for the
attending groups. Sunday includes more group points races,
funny cars and Dover eliminations, culminating in the King
of the Hill race of Eliminator winners.
up with updates and event news, visit the forum at www.doverdragstrip.com
and follow the Dover Drag Strip Facebook page. For Info,
e-mail Dino Lawrence at email@example.com.
For Lebanon Valley Dragway info, directions or lodging see
their website at www.dragway.com.
Beattie Stock / Super Stock Memorial Race at Cecil County
MD — ATI Performance Products, Inc.
announces the inaugural “Jim Beattie Stock
/ Super Stock Memorial Race” to honor its
founder, James Beattie, Sr.
was an avid race fan, inventor and mechanical genius. After
proudly serving in the US Navy, Jim opened a modest general
transmission rebuilding business which has grown into one
of the most dominant high performance manufacturers in the
industry. Because of Jim’s passion and drive and innovative
knowledge, ATI now produces some of the finest race transmissions,
torque converters and high performance components used by
racers all over the world. Jim was well loved by family
and friends and was well known in the racing world. He will
be missed by so many, but his legacy of using cutting edge
technology to produce state-of-the-art products for racers
lives on with the family business.
“Jim Beattie Stock / Super Stock Memorial Race”
will be held during the NHRA Division 1 LODRS event at Cecil
County Dragway on August 14 - 16, 2015. Open to racers in
the Stock and Super Stock classes, ATI Performance Products
will award $1000 to the Winner or Highest Finisher with
an automatic transmission package in each class. The award
is not contingent on use of ATI product but racers must
display the Jim Beattie Memorial Decal throughout the entire
event and all other contingency requirements will apply.
more information, visit ATI’s website www.atiracing.com.
Through the Dough…at Cordova International Raceway
International Raceway presents its August
Dash for the Dough on Saturday, August
day’s big race is the High Roller Race which pays
$2,500 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 6th Round Win, $300
5th Round Win, $200 4th Round Win, $100 3rd Round Win
and $50 2nd Round Win. This race will be Box vs. Box /
No Box vs. No Box until the final, which will be Box vs.
No Box. Entry is $90; 1st Round buybacks are $45. No ET
for 2015 is the CIR Footbrake Race. This is an ALL RUN
(no ET Break) race open to anyone who wants to go footbrake
racing. Deep staging honored, no dragsters or motorcycles
(left-hand steer roadsters permitted). Air/Electric shifters
permitted, no transbrake buttons on the steering wheel
and no staging line enhancers (transbrakes, 2 steps, etc).
Payout is $750 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $200 5th Rd Win, $100
4th Rd Win, $75 3rd Rd Win and $40 2nd Rd Win. Entry is
$50, 1st Round buybacks are $25. Payouts based on 50 car
minimum or prorated payout to 80%.
open at noon with time trials at 1 pm. Visit www.RaceCIR.com
for more info.
Bracket Racing at Gulfport Dragway
MS – Attention in the Gulfport Dragway
pits! August 8, 2015 is the next chance
for Gulfport’s bracket racers to gain points for the
2015 season in the Summit SuperSeries and for non-points
racers to get in there and try to mess up the points racers’
1/8-mile races in Pro Electronics and Pro Footbrake each
pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $40 Quarters.
Entry is $40 and buybacks are $20. Jr. Dragster pays $150
Win, $60 Runner-Up and $40 Semis. Entry is $20 and buybacks
open Saturday at 11:00 am. Visit www.GulfportDragway.com.
Underground Grudge Racing at Maryland International Raceway
MD - There’s lots of action coming up on Saturday,
August 8 at Maryland International Raceway.
It’s the Afterdark Underground, with
grudge racing, Pro Mods, Top Sportsman and Small Block Shootout.
The Last Mod Standing is
for door cards (no screw blowers allowed). 8 car minimum
with a $3,500 payout. The Top Sportsman Shootout
is for 5.99 and quicker; payout is $2,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up
and $500 Semis, based on 45 car minimum. Both the Last Mod
Standing and the Top Sportsman Shootout are with the clocks
If you have a thing against clocks and you
own a small-block, then the No Clock Small Block
Shootout is for you. No class cars, nitrous only,
stock front suspension, any rear suspension, 28S or 275
only, and no bars!
open at 1 pm. For more info including racer entry fees,
contact Maryland International Raceway at www.RaceMDIR.com.
East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association at Atco Dragway
results from Saturday, 7/25/2015: WIN:
Lee Zane, 1969 Camaro H/SA (11.29 dial, .025 light,
11.303 @ 113.34). RUNNER-UP: Dave Thomas,
20 11 Challenger FSS/F (9.27 dial, .082 light, 9.218 @ 146.64).
SEMI: Lincoln Morehead, 1984 Camaro.
Final results from Sunday, 7/26/2015:
Steve Calabro (pictured above), 1969 Camaro A/SA
(10.14 dial, .040 light, 10.138 @ 131.06. RUNNER-UP:
Robert Panza (pictured right), 1998 Grand Am GT/EA
(9.75 dial, -.008 red, 9.828 @ 136.44. SEMI: Jimmy
Daniels, 1984 Camaro GT/HA.
Maduri Sr. and Elekes Win TNT Super Series at Cayuga Dragway
ONTARIO (July 29, 2015) -
Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park
hosted races 6 & 7 in the 2015 Joe’s Transmission
TNT 10.90 Super Series with Pete Maduri Sr.
picking up his first TNTSS event win and Bill Elekes
getting his third.
July 25 – Results
After qualifying number one with a 10.901, Pete Maduri Sr.
from Tonawanda, New York met up with Alex Lepp in round
one and advanced when Lepp went .001 red. Then it was Wayne
Sipos falling in round two. David Surmatchewski was next
to go, also with a .001 red light – Maduri was ready
though as he was .005. A bye run in the semis set him up
to face current TNTSS points leader and 2009 series champion
Paul Young in the final. When the tree lit up, Maduri got
away clean with an .037 but Young had it on kill…
going .003 red, handing Maduri his first win in TNTSS competition
and lifetime eligibility for the REVS Full Throttle Powersports
TNTSS RACE OF CHAMPIONS.
July 26 - Results
Bill Elekes out of West Seneca, New York started his march
through the field from the 8th qualifying position after
posting a 10.918. From there he defeated Kevin Orr in round
one with an .023 to .036 on the tree, pushing Orr under
at the stripe. Then he was .020 to JJ Jablonski’s
.031, pushing him under using a 10.915 to a 10.890. Round
three saw him drill the tree with a .008 to Alex Lepp’s
.018, again using the starting line advantage to push Lepp
under the index at the top end. A bye run in the semis set
him up to face Mark Herbold in the money round. Elekes .007
to Herbold .033. At the stripe with both drivers on the
good side of the index, Elekes lit the final beacon of the
weekend by an ever so slight margin of 0.0008 seconds, earning
his third TNTSS event win.
Staub, Pierson Become First-Time MA90A Winners at Atco Dragway
Dragway - Atco, NJ
- The Mid Atlantic .90 Association concluded
Race # 5 & 6 of its 2015 season at Atco Dragway
over the weekend of July 25-26, 2015. Continued
Super Bucks at Atco Dragway
a huge weekend of big money bracket racing coming up at
Atco Dragway on Thursday – Sunday,
August 6 – 9, 2015. The North East
Super Bucks Weekend features $200,000 in payouts.
Races will be 1,000 feet.
and Saturday’s P.M. races each pay $10,000 Win, $3,000
Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $500 7th Round loser, $400 6th Round
loser, $300 5th Round loser, and $200 4th Round loser. Entry
is $200; buybacks are $125.
Saturday’s A.M. and Sunday’s races each pay
$25,000 Win, $8,000 Runner-Up, $4,000 Semis, $1,000 7th
Round loser, $600 6th Round loser, $450 5th Round loser,
and $300 4th Round loser. Entry per race is $300. Enter
all three $25Ks for $775. Enter all five races for $1,100.
Buybacks are $220.
open 8:00 am each day. Visit www.Atco-Dragway.com.
National Performer Award Class Point Standings
2015 National Performer Award Class Points
in SSA, SS, SA and S classes as of July 31st, 2015.
Last Man Standing Pro Mod Shootout at US 19 Dragway
GA - To our Pro Mod racing friends in the Southeast,
US 19 Dragway’s Last Man Standing Pro Mod
Shootout is coming up Friday & Saturday,
August 14 & 15, 2015.
night there’s a test & tune and Outlaw Street
Car Shootout. Saturday’s classes include Heavy Weights
on 28s/29s (any engine combo, single power adder, pays $2,000
Win, $500 Runner-Up, $250 Semis. 10 car minimum. Entry $100);
Light Weights on 28s (small block, single carb, nitrous
only, pays $1,200 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $200 Semis. 10 car
minimum. Entry $100); and E.T. Bike Shootout (pays $500
Win, $250 Runner-Up. 10 bike minimum. Entry $50).
open Friday at 5 pm. Gates open Saturday at noon. Visit
for more info.
Changes Coming to NHRA Pro Stock
- NHRA has announced a series of changes for the Pro
Stock category designed to increase spectator appeal, make
the class more relevant from a technology standpoint, and
to enhance the overall pit experience for fans of the 200-mph
factory hot rod class. The changes will be mandated in two
waves. Three changes will take effect at the NHRA Sonoma
Nationals, July 31, 2015, while several others will not
take effect until the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing
Series season. The three changes that are effective at Sonoma
are designed to increase spectator appeal and enhance the
overall pit experience for fans.
will require teams to back their racecars into the pits
and leave engines uncovered so that spectators have better
accessibility to see the racecars and interact with the
drivers and crew members. A new rule also will discontinue
the practice of crew members standing beside the cars
to hold them in place as they begin their burnouts. Finally,
NHRA will make it mandatory for teams to create automobile
manufacturer identification headers visible on the racecars’
windshields up to a maximum of 4.5-inches high, but not
smaller than 4.25-inches.
Starting on Jan. 1, 2016, NHRA will require
all Pro Stock teams to equip their cars with electronically-controlled
throttle body fuel injection systems, making engines more
relevant from a technology standpoint. In order to reduce
and control costs for the race teams, an NHRA-controlled
10,500 Rev Limiter will be added to the fuel injection
NHRA also will require Pro Stock teams
to remove all hood scoops and reduce the length of the
wheelie bars to a length specified by the NHRA Tech Department.
Those changes are designed to make the racecar designs
more relevant and to boost spectator appeal by increasing
the unpredictability of the class through more “wheels
up” launches from the starting line.
In addition, NHRA will work with new television
partner FOX Sports to improve coverage and maximize exposure
of the Pro Stock category through increased driver and
team profiles and technical features, in addition to expanded
on-track racing coverage.
Stock racing has a tremendous history with NHRA and proves
each weekend by the close side-by-side finishes that it
is one of the most competitive forms of racing in all
of motorsports,” said Peter Clifford, NHRA president.
“Through these changes we hope to provide a platform
so the Pro Stock class can evolve from a technological
standpoint, yet reconnect with its roots by generating
more interest and appeal among spectators.” (photo:
The Dragtime News)
NHRA Div. 1 Jr. Dragster Championships at Numidia Dragway
PA - The Northeast Jr. Drag Racing Championships
are coming up August 5th – 9th, 2015
at Numidia Dragway and as always Numidia
Dragway is making sure to give the participants plenty
of opportunities to win by having a number of gambler’s
and high-roller’s races.
August 5th features a gambler’s race; gates
open at 10:00 am with time runs at noon. Thursday
August 6th also features a gambler’s race,
with time trials a 11:00 am. There’ll also be a
shuttle to local area attraction Knoebels. Friday
August 7th features time runs at 9:00 am, the
Race Of Champions at 4:00 pm, the Numidia barbecue at
6:00 pm and a gambler’s race at 7:00 pm (time permitting).
Saturday August 8th includes a single
time session at 8:30 am followed by eliminations at 12
noon. If 1st Round doesn’t go your way, you can
join the consolation race. Stick around for Sunday,
August 9th for the High-Roller’s Race.
fees for the Divisional is $60; entry fees for the gambler’s
races are $30 per race; a $20 1st Round buyback is available.
Entry fee for the High Roller’s race is $50, and
there’s a $20 1st Round buyback.
for more info.
River Dragway’s Day of the Drags
TX - To our friends in the Lone Star state, if you race
a 1963 or older car bring it to Little River Dragway
for the 14th Annual Day of the Drag Race
on Friday & Saturday, July 31st & August 1st,
must be American-made, 1963 and older to qualify to race
on Friday night and all day Saturday (that’s pretty
hard-core when my ’64 Dodge wouldn’t make the
cut). All races are in the 1/8th mile. Dial-ins will be
set by your fastest pass during time trials, no sandbagging
and brakes at the top end.
racing class is determined by the time you are running on
the track during time trials. Leisure Class (LC) is10 secs
and slower. Street Class (ST) is for 8 - 9.99 secs. Comp
Class (CC) is 6.51 - 7.99 secs. Super Comp Class (SC) is
6.50 and faster. Vintage Engine Class (VE) is for cars that
have engines designed before 1954. A mix of Flatheads, Inline
6/8's, Cadillac, Oldsmobile, Dodge/Desoto/Chrysler wedge
and Hemis and Y Block Fords.
entry on Friday is $10. Racer entry on Saturday is $20,
and a $10 buyback will available to first-round losers.
Gates open at 3:00 pm on Friday with time runs from 6 pm
to 10 pm. Gates open at 9 am on Saturday, with time runs
at 10 am and eliminations at 2 pm. There’ll also be
exhibition runs by dragsters, gassers and altereds throughout
more information visit www.littleriverdragway.com.
Mopar Action Series at Memphis International Raceway
TN – Bring your Pentastar car to Memphis
International Raceway on Friday &
Saturday, July 31 & August 1, 2015 for the
Mega Mopar Action Series. Includes a car show,
swap meet, a pro show, a midway, and of course lots of
Mopar drag racing.
race classes are Street Mopar, Tuff Truck, Hemi Challenge
and Charger vs. Challenger. Entry is $25. Money
bracket classes are Bracket 1 (with electronics,
pays $800 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis. Entry is
$50, 1st or 2nd round buybacks are $30) and Bracket
2 (no electronics, pays $600 Win, $200 Runner-Up,
$75 Semis. Entry is $40, 1st or 2nd round buybacks are
open Friday at 7:30 pm with a test & tune from 8
pm – midnight. Gates open Saturday at 8 am with
time trials at noon and eliminations at 2:30. Visit
for more info.
Dragway’s 2015 Bracket Bonanza
if you’ve ever been thinking of going for some racing
in the Great White North, then get to Luskville
Dragway’s 34th Annual Bracket Bonanza. It’s
coming up Friday – Sunday, July 31 –
August 2. 2015.
On Friday afternoon there’s a door
car high roller race. Friday night there’s a $20K
Big Dog Shootout. Saturday’s and Sunday’s
Super Pro pays $10,000 to win each day; Saturday’s
and Sunday’s Semi Pro pays $2,000 to win each day.
also be jet cars, fireworks and a live band. For more
information including gate times and entry fees please
contact the track at www.LuskvilleDragway.com.
Photos from the 2015 Old Days Drags at Old Bridge Township
spent the afternoon of Sunday, July 26, 2015
at the 36th Annual Old Time Drags & Rod Run
/ 13th Annual Funny Car Reunion at Old
Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ
for an upcoming Dragtime News On Location segment.
Join the email list to be alerted when it's published (sign-up
at the upper-right of this page), but until then here are
a few teasers!
Battles To Earn Championship Points Intensify at Palm Beach
Fla. - When the IHRA Summit SuperSeries Bracket
Racing Series returns from its summer vacation on
Saturday, August 1 at Palm Beach
International Raceway (PBIR), drivers and teams will
have the points championship and the postseason on the line.
There are the fights for season championships as well as the
cutoff for the IHRA Team Finals as drivers are jockeying for
40 positions available on the PBIR team.
2015 season in Top Eliminator (Box) has
seen Bill Pollard (pictured) atop the championship
standings since February. Pollard boasts only a 50 point
lead over second place Randy Weber and
82 point lead over third place James Snyder.
With the standings this close Pollard will have to hold
off the competition to take home the championship.
In Super Eliminator (No Box)
it’s Sonny Freeland with a commanding
lead of 93 points over John Taylor
in second and 124 points over third place Richard
Mortell. Freeland has dominated the 2015
season from the very first race where he took victory and
is now poised to win the championship.
In Street Bike there has been a good fight
all year among the top four riders. Clarence
Goins, Randy Mackail,
Rodney Pimetal, and Tom
Ivy have all seen several finals throughout
the year putting together consistent races every time they
unload. Tom Ivy leads this group by 94 points over second
with his 2 wins, 2 runner ups, and several quarter final
appearances this year.
The championship battle in Jr. Dragster
is a very close one with only 14 points separating first
and second place. Amanda Foley
leads with 416 points, followed by Jennifer
Craft at 402 points, and Kyle
Philhower at 352 points. Foley and Craft
have traded the championship lead several times throughout
the year. Keep an eye on this battle as it should prove
to be very exciting season finale for the up and coming
stars of drag racing.
In the Quick 16 classes the competition
is undoubtedly the closest out of all classes competing.
In Quick 16 Door Car only 73 points separate
the top 21 drivers. Steve Hatfield
leads the way with 91 points, followed by David
O'Bryon at 82 and David
Friedenberg at 80. The battle in the
Quick 16 Dragster tells almost the same story.
Only 71 points separate the top 15 drivers. Johnny
Tolisano leads the way with 101 points,
followed by Claude Debonis
with 82 points and Andrew Pearce
at 71 points.
on Saturday open at 3 p.m. with timed runs beginning at
approximately 5 p.m. For more information regarding PBIR,
please visit www.RacePBIR.com.
The Lens of Mike Lacelle: 2015 Syracuse Nationals Car Show
News reader Mike Lacelle sent in a few
photos from the 2015 Syracuse Nationals Car Show.
Mike is a long-time hard-core racer. He writes, "My
home track was Luskville Dragway years ago and I still
visit at the big events there. I have raced two front
engine dragsters in the 70s and 80s, one with a small
block and the other with a big block. I was NHRA Division
1 licensed for C/ED and Super Comp and started racing
at ESTA Dragway in Cicero, NY. After receiving a Nikon
Certificate of Excellence for my photography I continue
to bring my cameras whereever I go. My wife and I have
been to most major NHRA events across the USA."
you can see, there was an awful lot of history on display
at the show and Kenny Youngblood from
Coupe Magazine was even there signing autographs.
Mike, thank you for being generous enough to share some
of your images with us.
Vitez Takes Win at TNT Super Series at Lancaster, Moves Into
NY - Jason Vitez from Elma, NY took
the win on Friday, July 17 at Lancaster
National Speedway & Dragway in the Joe's
Transmission TNT Super Series.
drove Jon Jablonski's 1967 Chevrolet to 12th on the qualifying
sheet heading into round one. There he made quick work of
Sam LoVetro Jr and then Jerry Highway in round two. Round
three saw Jeff Sobczynski miss the tree with a .561 to Vitez's
.508 and then he just couldn't get there.
it was a bye to the final where he faced 2012 TNTSS Champion
David Surmatchewski. Both drivers got away clean with only
.015 separating them on the tree. At the big end it was
Vitez running dead-on-4 and pushing Surmatchewski under
with a 6.986.
night was full of excitement as the Nova developed a misfire
in the second qualifier. Said Vitez, “We thrashed
to find the problem with the help of Kenny Joz, Dennis O'Brien
and Zac of course and a lot of bystanders holding flash
lights." Vitez said trying to get a handle on the car
was a bit of problem with the small engine but they finally
did. "We had some luck on our side tonight. Special
thanks to my crew Zac and Dennis, Jon and Nicole and Joz.
Also to Kimberly, Brooklyn and Logan for their good lucks
as we ran out the door. And of course, the boys back at
Enters Long-Term Partnership with FOX Sports
CA - NHRA and FOX Sports
officials have jointly announced that starting in 2016 the
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will be televised by
FOX Sports 1 (FS1) with four events airing on the FOX national
broadcast network during each season of the long-term agreement,
providing the world’s fastest motorsport with live
coverage of a majority of its events.
FOX Sports, which is already the home
to high-profile races in NASCAR, Monster Energy Supercross,
the FIM MotoGP World Championship, the TUDOR United SportsCar
Championship, the FIA World Endurance Championship, the
24 Hours of Le Mans and the fully electric FIA Formula
E Championship, among others, will significantly expand
on its annual motorsports coverage when it adds NHRA Mello
Yello Drag Racing Series programming to the lineup next
The agreement calls for FS1 to provide
coverage of Friday and Saturday qualifying and Sunday
eliminations for each NHRA Mello Yello Series event, with
a minimum of 16 Sunday eliminations shows to be presented
in a live coverage format, and the remainder shown either
in weekend afternoon or primetime time slots. Four of
those live elimination shows will air on the FOX national
really is a game-changer for NHRA regarding the presentation
of our marquee product, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing
Series,” said Peter Clifford, NHRA president. “FOX
Sports promises to be just the right media partner we’ve
been looking for to help give our professional series
the stage it deserves and to provide our passionate fans
the timely, quality coverage they are craving.”
The Sunday elimination shows will consistently
be presented in three-hour programs and the Friday/Saturday
qualifying shows will be two-hours of coverage. In addition,
FS1 and FS2 will provide multiple re-airs for all of the
events. FS1 also will provide coverage of select NHRA
Lucas Oil Drag Racing Sportsman Series events. In total,
FOX national networks will feature more than 450 hours
per year of NHRA programming.
The deal also includes NHRA racing on
FOX Sports Racing in Canada and the Caribbean, as well
as FOX Sports GO, the critically acclaimed app that provides
live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or
on the go, and now available in 70 million households.
Customers of participating video providers may access
the live stream of FOX Sports’ NHRA programming
through the FOX Sports GO app for iOS, Android, Fire Tablets
and Fire Phones, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, select
Windows devices, and on desktops through FOXSportsGO.com.
Fans can download the mobile app for free from the iTunes
App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store.
Are Filling Fast for 2015 Performance Racing Industry Show
racers who are in the racing industry (engine builders,
chassis builders, speed shops, etc) and are planning to
attend The 2015 Performance Racing Industry Show
in Indianapolis in December: downtown Indianapolis hotels
are filling up quickly but PRI has you covered, as they
have arranged for complimentary shuttle service to and from
the Indiana Convention Center with more than a dozen airport
and Plainfield-area hotels, including the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis
Performance Racing Industry Show is critical
to anyone in the performance industry. If you're in the
business and have not yet attended, it is a must. Go to
News On Location page and check out our coverage
from past shows to see what you've been missing. Visit
PRI Housing HERE
and secure your accommodations today.
Time Drags and Rod Run Coming Up at Englishtown
NJ - Sunday, July 26, 2015 is the
Old Time Drags and Rod Run at Old Bridge
Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ, also
including the Funny Car Reunion.
Racing includes the North East Timing Organization,
The East Coast Gassers and a variety of bracket racing classes
including Class A – 10.00-11.99,
Class B – 12.00-12.99, Class
C – 13.00-14.99, Class D
– 15.00 and above and Class NC - New Competition Cars.
Winners of Classes A-D compete in the King of the Hill Eliminator.
No electronics, transbrakes or delay boxes allowed. No Raceway
Park Buck Points Racers from past 5 years.
Class NC is for 1979 &
older, any late style engines accepted. All bracketized
racecars will run this eliminator-management discretion.
Electronics ok – No Delay Boxes allowed. Anything
goes.. 1 time trial. Does not run in the King of the Hill.
Trophies to Winner and Runner-Up / No payout.
NETO: must be a member
to compete in Nostalgia Eliminator (9.50 and slower, dial-your-own)
or Comp Eliminator (7.00-9.50, Pro Tree, 1/4 second interval
All cars will be NHRA inspected. Helmets
required. Seat Belts required. Slicks and open exhaust allowed
in all classes. Each individual will dial in their E.T.
for the eliminator. Inspection will be liberal, but the
following will be required: a) all roadsters will be inspected
on an individual basis for safety. 13.49 and quicker need
roll bar; b) all T-Buckets need roll bars. Coupes and sedans
running 11.49 or quicker need roll bars; c) Safety Scatter
Shields required in modified engines using stick shift trans.
open at 8:00, time trials at 10:00 am. Visit www.racewaypark.com
for more info.
$5Ks Coming Up at Atmore Dragway
AL - Our friends in the Southeast should put Atmore
Dragway’s Triple $5Ks on their calendars
for Friday – Saturday, July 31st – August
$5Ks are for Super Pro (Top ET) cars. Each $5K
pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $300 Semis,
$200 Quarters and $100 Eighths. Single day entry is $125;
1st Round buybacks are $50. Weekend entry is $250. All
payouts based on 80 entries.
No Box racers: Atmore has you covered this weekend too,
with three $2Ks. Each No Box race pays $2,000
Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, $100 Quarters
and $50 Eighths. Single day entry is $60; 1st Round buybacks
are $25. All payouts based on 40 entries.
racing is 1/8th-mile. Double entries allowed. Deep staging
honored. Cross-talk will be in use. Gates open Friday
at 12:00 pm with time trials at 5:00 pm and eliminations
following. Gates open at 7:00 am on Saturday, with time
trials for Race 1 at 8:00 am and time trials for Race
2 after the conclusion of the first race.
more information visit www.AtmoreDragway.com.
Stock / Super Stock News: 2015 Mid Year H.P. Adjustments Announced
CA - The following Stock/Super Stock horsepower changes
were released July 14, 2015 produced by the Automatic Horsepower
Factoring System (AHFS). This is the first of two scheduled
horsepower adjustments for this year. All changes are effective
July 14, 2015. It should be noted that these changes include
only results produced by the AHFS, and do not include written
letters or requests. Those changes are listed separately.
AHFS is a program based on actual run data compiled from
all available runs at NHRA events. The data-based format
provides the ability to calculate average performances for
any class and/or engine combination in Stock and Super Stock.
The trigger point for the system is 1.00-second or more
under the respective index, and must be produced on two
different occasions. Engine-combination averages and class
averages are then computed and analyzed to determine if
a change is warranted. The amount of change is calculated
on a stepped percentage basis. Where applicable, adjustments
will be effective for the specific car model or body style
being evaluated. An automatic adjustment is instituted outside
the two-time a year process when a 1.20 and under run is
recorded during any NHRA event
comments, thoughts, or requests must be sent in writing
to: National Hot Rod Association; Technical Department;
attn: AHFS; P.O. Box 5555, Glendora, CA 91740; or e-mail
at the contact form found at www.nhraracer.com/ahfs.asp.
Summit SuperSeries Winding Down at Palm Beach International
FL - The penultimate IHRA Summit SuperSeries
race at Palm Beach International Raceway
for the 2015 season is coming up on Saturday August
1, 2015. Classes during this race will include
Top Eliminator, Super Eliminator, Quick 16 Dragster, Quick
16 Door Car, Street Bike, and Junior Dragster.
Eliminator (Box) pays Winner $1,000, Runner-Up $400,
Semi $125 and Quarters $50. Entry $50, Buy Back $25. Super
Eliminator (No Box) pays Winner $800, Runner-Up $400,
Semi $125 and Quarters $50. Entry $40, Buy Back $20. Street
Bike pays Winner 50%, Runner-Up 25%. Entry $30,
Buy Back $15 Junior Dragster pays Winner $150,
Runner-Up $100, Semi $25. Entry $20, Buy Back
$10. Quick 16 Door Car and Quick 16 Dragster
(two separate classes) each pays Winner $1,100, Runner
Up $400, Semi $150. Entry $125. Complete 16-car field
required for full payout.
Gates open at 3:00 pm, time trials at
5:00 pm. Visit www.RacePBIR.com
for more information.
Mid Atlantic .90 Association at Cecil County Dragway, July
County Dragway - Rising Sun, Md (July 11th & 12th) -
The Mid Atlantic .90 Association got back
into gear after two months off with race # 3 & 4 of the
2015 season at Cecil County Dragway. On Saturday,
Don Bangs (Super Comp), Earl Nichols
Jr. (Super Gas) and Marty Ganjoin
(Super Street) claimed victory. On Sunday Kevin Scholl
(Super Comp), Iggie Boicesco (Super Gas)
and Daryl Peters (Super Street) were the
last ones standing. Continued
Bike Fest at Maryland International Raceway
MD - Attention to our two-wheeled racing friends in
the mid-Atlantic: the 15th Annual IDBL Bike Fest
is coming up Friday-Sunday, July 24 – 26
at Maryland International Raceway. Classes
include Pro Street, Real Street, 4.60 Index, 5.60 Index,
Crazy 8s, Top Sportsman, Pro ET and Street ET
Pro Street pays $3,000 Winner, $1,000 Runner-Up,
$250 Semis, $150 Quarters and $100 Eighths. $200 Entry.
Real Street and 4.60 Index each pays $2,000 Winner,
$500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, $100 Quarters and $50
Eighths. $150 Entry. 5.60 Index pays $1,000 Winner,
$400 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters. $75
Entry. Crazy 8s pays $1,000 Winner, $300 Runner-Up,
$50 Semis and $25 Quarters. $50 Entry. The entry fees for
these classes include rider admission for Saturday and Sunday.
Top Sportsman pays $3,000 Winner, $500 Runner-Up,
$150 Semis and $75 Quarters. Top Sportsman racers must purchase
a 2-Day Pro E.T. Tech Card.
Pro ET pays $3,000 Winner, $500 Runner-Up,
$150 Semis, $75 Quarters and $50 Eighths. $70 1-Day Entry
Fee or buy a two day entry for $120. Street ET pays
$1,000 Winner, $300 Runner-Up, $50 Semis and $25
Quarters. $50 1-day entry or buy a two day entry for $80.
payouts are guaranteed. No memberships required but riders
must have IDBL decals on both sides of the motorcycle
to enter competition. Decals are $1 each and are available
at every event in Race Control. Visit www.RaceMDIR.com
for more info.
Midnight Madness at Auto Plus Raceway
FL - The
next Midnight Madness at Auto Plus
Raceway in Gainesville, FL is set for Friday,
July 31, 2015. Racers, this is open to all street
AND race cars, trucks, motorcycles and features heads-up 1/4
mile drag racing on a fully prepped racing surface with state-of-the-art
timing system. Pro / Full tree option; Sunoco Racing Fuel
sold during event. New for 2015, Auto Plus Raceway will be
awarding a "Best Appearing" award at every Midnight
Madness event in 2015.
open at 7:30 pm, racer entry is only $25. Visit www.AutoPlusRaceway.com.
ET Bracket Racing at Maple Grove Raceway, July 5, 2015
Pa. - The
Scott's Transmission Center Racer Appreciation
Day was held Sunday, July 5
at Maple Grove Raceway, in conjunction
with the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail ET Bracket Series.
The day featured increased, guaranteed purses for most
Lanny Werley of Leesport, Pa. won the
Gold Rush Trailers Super Pro over Don
Mattson from Denver, Pa. Werley ran a final pass
of 8.744 seconds on a 8.73 dial-in at 151.17 mph, compared
to Daniels' pass of 7.666 on a 7.64 dial-in seconds, 163.67
mph. Werley took home $2,000 for his win.
The Ciccarone Racing Products Pro Eliminator
was won by Rich Pennington of Buito,
Pa., running a 9.524 on a 9.50 dial-in at 139.98 mph in
his '68 Barracuda. Pennington won out over Dave
Raser from Oxford, Pa., who ran a 13.349 on a
13.37 dial-in at 96.40 mph. Pennington drove away with
$1,500 for his victory.
Taking the win in PC Richard Street was
Kelli Witkowski of Elverson, Pa. driving
her '86 S10, running a 11.636 on a 11.64 dial-in at 105.41
mph. Her competition in the final, Adam Werner
of Reading red lit at the start in his '81 El Camino.
Total payout for Witkowski was $500.
Wayne Smith of Chatham, Pa. took out
Austin Youndt of Stevens, Pa. in the
final of Reading Standard Motorsports Top Bike.
Smith raced to an 8.438 on a 8.4 dial-in at 154.74 mph
while Youndt ran a 10.594 on a 10.59 dial-in at 123.42
mph. $500 was Smith's prize thanks to Scott's Transmission
UTI Junior Dragster saw highly competitive
racing, and no one was more competitive than Kyle
Robb of Denver, Pa. Robb took top honors as he
drove his '06 KKC to a 7.919 on a 7.90 dial-in at 81.07
mph over Vincent Branca of Norristown,
Pa. who ran red lighted at the start. Total payout for
Robb was $300.
Lindsey Holzman-Haines of Robesonia,
Pa. took the win in Trophy, with a winning
run of 14.533 on a 14.59 dial-in at 95.09 mph. Holzman-Haines
drove her '89 Mustang to the win over Zac Bugay
and his '91 Mustang. Bugay red lighted at the start of
the race giving Holzman-Haines the win.
The '00 Mustang of Hunter Zajac (Manheim,
Pa.) made the visit to Sunoco Race Fuels Victory Lane
in Junior Street. Zajac ran 9.933 on
a 9.65 dial-in at 63.93 against Robert Weidenhammer
(Reading, Pa.), who ran 10.976 on a 10.35 dial-in at 66.62
Erin Thimm of Mohnton, Pa. took the Pro
Dial win over Bryan Kershner
of New Tripoli, Pa. Thimm raced to a 10.269 ET on a 10.20
dial-in at 121.18 mph. It was enough to beat Kershner,
who posted a 9.487 on a 9.09 dial-in, running at 150.03
The final class of the day saw Phil Williams
take the win in the 11.50 Index. Williams,
of Mohrsville, Pa., posted a 11.615 ET at 109.56. His
competition in the final, Jennifer Kershner
of New Tripoli, Pa. ran a 11.619 at 116.94.
by Rob Armbruster / MGR
7 Series at Montgomery Raceway Park July 24th - 26th
to our racing friends in Alabama: get ready for race #3
of the Super 7 Series at Montgomery
Raceway Park. This three day event is Friday
– Sunday, July 24th – 26th, 2015.
Pro races all three days. Friday’s
payout is $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500
Semis, $250 Quarters and $25 Round starting 3rd Round
Win. Entry for Friday is $150; buybacks are $50. Saturday
and Sunday each pay $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up,
$1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters and $50 Round starting 3rd
Round Win. Entry each day is $150; buybacks are $100.
Enter all three races for $300. All payouts based on 100
class races on Saturday and Sunday. Each day pays
$1,750 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50
Quarters, based on 40 entries. Entry is $50 per day; buybacks
Dragster races on Saturday and Sunday.
Each day pays $500 Win, $100 Runner-Up and $25
Semis, based on 16 entries. Entry is $30 per day; buybacks
are $20 1st or 2nd round.
special event for Friday and Saturday is the Super Pro
Million $ Shootout that pays the Winner an entry into
the Million $ Race; the Runner-Up receives an entry into
the Triple 20s at the Million.
open Thursday at 4:00 pm for parking only. Gates open
Friday at 8:00 am, Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am. Visit
for more information.
21st Annual Truck Mania at Maryland International Raceway
MD – The 21st Annual Truck Mania
event at Maryland International Raceway
on Sunday June 28 featured six classes of competition
along with as a huge truck show, vendor midway, kid’s
big wheel races, burn out and daisy dukes contests and
an appearance by the “Beast from the East”
jet dragster making two passes. Rich Reddick
from Coppersburg, PA captured the crown in the Great Mills
Trading Post Outlaw Big Rig eliminations, topping the
class in his ’97 9OOL Cat powered machine with a
13.507 ET in the final, taking out Lexington Park, MD
native Bradley Owens. 13 rigs attempted
to qualify for this eight vehicle field with $2,500 at
stake for the winner.
the Winegardner Auto Group Pro Street division, Nicholas
Eklond of Belcamp, MD outlasted the field to
take home a cool $2,500 in his ’06 Ram running a
10.50 in the last round of the day. Perhaps the biggest
surprise of the class actually came in the early qualifications,
when Mike Graves in his record setting
vehicle went down with transmission issues and had to
miss out on a chance at the crown. It was thought Graves
might also hit the 8 second barrier on this day, but it
wasn’t to be.
other class action, Hunter Stone captured
the Hollyrock Customz Diesel Shootout crown, Bud
Cross walked away with Big Rig, Chris
Kelican ran a 9.66 ET at 132.96 to win Race Truck,
and Hunter Levin rounded out the winners
taking the Tuff Truck title.
more information about Maryland International Raceway,
and photos by Rick Lindner / MDIR
American DRAGCAR at Southwest International Raceway, June
DRAGCAR made its way back to Tucson to continue
the Season IV Micro Import Specialists Southwestern Championship
Series schedule at Southwestern International Raceway
with Race #3 on Saturday June 20th and the excitement just
picked up right where it left off in March. The weather
this time was downright hot as racers were rolled out of
their boxes, and even as the Sun had set, temps were still
holding quite near the century mark, but the racers were
still ready to do battle.
even with a number of racers being absent for numerous
reasons including the weather simply being too hot, DragSport
Eliminator still had a first round ladder equaling the
size of the previous 2 races of the season so far thanks
to some new members and racers entering into the series
News: New Fire Blanket from Stroud Safety (CORRECTED)
a previous press release for the Stroud Safety Fire
Blanket, it was stated that the blanket was 5 square
feet. It is actually 25 square feet, 5 feet on each
Safety has been supplying competitive drivers with Drag
Chutes and Launchers, Seat Belts, Window Nets, Ballistic
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News: Competition Numbers
announcement from NHRA via www.nhraracer.com:
(NHRA) Technical Department has recently received several
complaints from fans concerning their inability to read
the competition numbers of their favorite drivers. These
complaints are not just directed at professional categories
but also all sportsman categories. Some of the complaints
have been that racer’s competition numbers are not
as large as the rulebook requires, that the number fonts
used are not easily legible and that the colors used are
not truly contrasting (e.g. gray on black).
the 2015 NHRA Rulebook: All contestants are required to
display a permanent driver number at all NHRA Mello Yello
Drag Racing Series national events, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag
Racing Series divisional events, divisional NHRA Summit
Racing Series Finals, and divisional National Open events.
Driver numbers and class designation letters must be displayed
on both side windows and the windshield. Numbers on side
windows must be a minimum 6 inches high and 1 ½
inches wide. Class designation letters must be a minimum
3 inches high and 1 inch wide. Numbers and class designation
on windshield must be a minimum of 3 inches high and 1
inch wide. Driver’s competition number and class
designation must be displayed in a legible manner in a
contrasting color to the vehicle’s background color,
or light color on windows, in a prominent position, and
be clearly visible to the tower personnel. Class and numbers
must be in the form of permanent decals or paint. The
use of shoe polish in any form is prohibited. Please make
every effort you can to adhere to this rule. You all have
fans and they want to be able to easily identify you."
Saturday Night at Palm Beach International Raceway
FL - Outlaw Saturday Night is coming
up Saturday, July 25th, 2015 at Palm Beach International
Raceway. This is an Open Test & Tune where no
times are displayed on the scoreboards. Racer entry is $20;
time slips are available for $1 each. Gates open at 6:00 pm,
test & tune starts at 6:30 am. All vehicles must adhere
to IHRA safety rules; IHRA rules can be found HERE.
more information about Palm Beach International, visit www.RacePBIR.com,
Mopars At Milan Dragway
MI - Milan Dragway welcomes all Mopar
racers to Michigan Mopar on Saturday,
July 25th, 2015. With four classes of bracket racing,
there’s something for every Mopar racer. Box and No
Box each pay $1,500 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and
$50 Quarters (all based on 40 cars). Entry is $50, 1st Round
buybacks are $20. Sportsman and Nostalgia each pays $400
Win, $100 Runner-Up, $50 Semis, and $25 Quarters (all based
on 15 cars). Entry is $40, 1st Round buybacks are $20. These
classes are for Mopar-powered or Mopar-bodied only except
Nostalgia, which is open to any make vehicle 1990 or older
without delay boxes.
open at 9:00 am. For more information visit www.MilanDragway.com.
Englishtown's 50th Anniversary Celebration
racers in the Northeast: would you like to display your
race car, hot rod, gasser, musclecar, etc. at Old
Bridge Township Raceway Park's 50th Anniversary PC Richard
& Son Night Of Thrills on Saturday
night July 25th? If so, please send a few photos
and a short description along with your phone # to firstname.lastname@example.org
to be considered for inclusion.
deadline for your submission is Wednesday July 22, 2015.
Space will be limited, so don’t hesitate.
Coast Diesel Nationals at Numidia Dragway
PA - Head to Numidia Dragway for the
2015 East Coast Diesel Nationals on Saturday,
July 18th presented by Little Power Shop. The Diesel
Nationals include a sled pull, drag racing, a tent sale
and a dyno. 8:00 am until 10:30 pm. Drag racing classes
include: ET Bracket Class, 12.0 Quick Diesel, Unlimited
Truck, Pro Stock (fiberglass-bodied diesel-powered trucks
and cars compete heads up to the finish) and Top Diesel
for diesel dragsters designed for all out speed. Over $25,000
in purses and prizes.
for more info.
Series Shootout July 4th Weekend at Atco Dragway
NJ - Atco Dragway’s Summer Series Shootout
continues July 4th Weekend, Friday July 3rd –
Sunday July 5th, 2015. These quarter-mile gambler’s
races are for dials of 6.50 – 12.99. Electronics permitted.
payouts for Friday’s and Sunday’s races are
$5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $800 Semis, $400 Quarters
(if 8 round race) and $75 Round starting with 3rd Round
loser. Entry is $150 per day, buybacks are $95. Saturday’s
race pays $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis,
$500 Quarters (if 8 round race) and $100 Round starting
with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $200, buybacks are $125.
open Friday at 11:00 am with time trials at 1:00 pm. Gates
open Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am with time trials at
10:00 am. For more information visit www.Atco-Dragway.com.
News: A Look at Mark Williams' Modular Rears
than 20 years ago Mark Williams Enterprises
developed the industry’s first modular aluminum housing
for 9” Ford applications. Since then many subtle but
important improvements have been made the modular design.
primary benefit of M-W’s modular aluminum housing is
that all components are CNC machined to exacting tolerances
– within .001” for all critical dimensions. This
alignment is extremely important to eliminate friction and
tire scrubbing due to tow-in / tow-out. Improved accuracy
ensures that the centers of the gear, carrier, case and axle
bearings are on the correct centerline. This eliminates binding
and drag due to misalignment. Correct alignment also results
in increased ring and pinion life and improved E.T.s.
Extended Gear Life
Racers using the 11” Modular Rear report longer ring
& pinion gear life thanks to the precision alignment and
rigidity of M-W modular housings. M-W has not seen any gear
breakage in the lifetime
of the 11” Modular… that’s 13 years. 11”
rear ends come with one-year gear life warranty - unheard
of in the industry.
With an M-W modular housing you can easily change ends and
mounting methods to accommodate a wide variety of applications.
Many components are interchangeable so you can upgrade from
a 9” (or 9.5”) to an 11” setup. Configurations
are available for applications from Pro Stock to E.T. Bracket,
including special Low Friction units.
• Now with 4-link centers down to 16” and housing
widths to 43”
• New upper support for anti-roll bar attachment and/or
upper wheelie bar mounts
• Available with steel or carbon brakes and either full
floater or flange axles
• Keyed 4-link brackets eliminate center section movement.
Your choice – steel or lightweight billet aluminum brackets
• Cast from hi-strength aircraft aluminum alloy
• Pinion driven lubrication pump option is included.
• Same mounting configurations available on the M-W
11” or 9” modular.
• 10” pitch diameter ring gears can be used with
any 9 or 9.5” M-W Modular.
Weight & Cost Effective
In many instances a modular aluminum rear end housing is
lighter than a comparable stamped or fabricated steel unit.
Not only are M-W modular aluminum housings priced competitively
with similarly equipped fabricated units, but the improvement
in component life will pay big dividends.
more information visit www.MarkWilliams.com.
Jim Harrington Memorial High School Challenge at Englishtown
NJ - On Sunday July 5, 2015, Old
Bridge Township Raceway Park will hold its Jim
Harrington Memorial High School Challenge race.
The class is open to any student who is in high school or
will be graduating from high school in 2015. The winner
at the end of the event will be awarded with a Raceway Park
Points Champion embroidered jacket and will attend the NHRA
Division 1 Summit E.T. Finals to help represent the 2015
Raceway Park team on September 17, 18 & 19, 2015 at
Atco Dragway, Atco, NJ.
Car must run 12.00 ET or slower. The car must be stock-appearing,
all 4 tires must be D.O.T. approved (NO SLICKS), and no
electronics are allowed. Street-type exhaust required.
The student must have a valid driver's license and be
in high school in 2015 or graduated in 2015. 17-year-olds
must have a parent or guardian on premises or have a signed
and notarized insurance release form. If student wins
the High School race during the Bracket Finals, must be
18-years of age to compete in California.
open 8:00 am. High School Tech Card $25. The High School
Challenge will compete on Raceway Park's 1/4-mile track.
Any racer who is also planning on racing at the 1/8 mile
track, please let 1/8 mile tower know you are running
both tracks. For more information visit www.etownraceway.com.
Drags Return to Southwestern International Raceway
AZ - Midnight Drags is returning to
Southwestern International Raceway (SWIR)
this Friday, July 3. The late night test
& tune session is open to all street legal makes and
models. Bring your favorite car, truck or motorcycle out
and see what it can run on the quarter-mile.
The gates will open at 11 p.m. and the track will be available
from midnight to 4 a.m. Pricing is as follows - tech cards
$25, adult admission $10, and children 12 and under are
FREE. Please note that Midnight Drags will be the only event
taking place this weekend as SWIR will be closed on Saturday,
July 4 in observance of Independence Day.
due to rain on Friday, June 26, the scheduled Lowered
Lifted Crawlers and Open Test & Tune was cancelled.
The premiere event has been rescheduled for July 24, 2015.
For more information on SWIR, please visit www.RaceSWIR.com.
Maryland International Raceway's Top ET $5k Triple Header
MD - It was an action packed weekend of sportsman racing
on June 13 & 14 at Maryland International Raceway
as it hosted a Top ET $5K Triple Header in
conjunction with its regular Speed Unlimited ET Series event.
into the weekend’s action, Wesley Washington
Jr. of Virginia held on to a tie for the 3rd place
spot in his hunt for the ’15 season track title. Washington
and his ’06 Racetech dragster captured Saturday’s
first race taking out Joe Mayne and his
West Virginia entry with a .005 reaction time in route to
the win and helping his season points chase efforts as well.
second $5K of the day, Virginia's Steve Witherow
(pictured above) took his ’14 Racetech dragster to
the winner’s circle cutting a .002 light and running
a 4.636 ET on a 4.63 dial.
continued his success during Sunday’s third and final
$5K of the weekend, winning his second event in as many
days with a win over Maryland's Mike Nelson Jr.
and his ’81 Camaro.
was a great event for our ET racers as well as the track.
We're blessed to have their support and will do absolutely
everything in our power to make the Speed Unlimited ET Series
and sportsman racing at MDIR shine into the future. Thank
you to all the racers that choose to spend the weekend with
us, we appreciate your support”, said Chris
Miller, Director of Administrations and Operations
at MDIR. For more information about Maryland International
Raceway, visit www.RaceMDIR.com.
Wrap-Up: Fox a Repeat Winner in Super Pro at Maple Grove Raceway
PA - Two time winners are becoming a norm this year in
the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail ET Bracket Series
at Maple Grove Raceway, including Pennsylvania
racer Derrick Fox. Fox posted his second
win of the season in the Gold Rush Super Pro Eliminator class
on Sunday, June 28. His '05 Dragster beat PA's Ted
Meyle who was driving a '59 Belair. Fox's 7.365 ET
was able to overcome the large headstart Meyle had when Myle
broke out on his final round run.
The Ciccarone Racing Products Pro Eliminator class was won
on Sunday by PA racer Dennis Kessler. Kessler
defeated feloow PA racer Mike Nessinger.
Kessler was able to overcome Nessinger by having the closer
dial-in time on a double break out.
Matthew Smith was a winner on Sunday, as
he drove his '70 El Camino to the victory in the P.C. Richard
and Son Street Eliminator class. Smith won the final round
when Phil Williams broke out in his '71 Dart.
Taking the final green light in Reading Standard Motorsports
Top Bike was NJ's Elliot Boyce over Kyle
Gockley of Mohnton, Pa. in the final round when broke
Jamie Rothenberger of Glenmoore, Pa. visited
Sunoco Race Fuels Victory Lane in the U.T.I. Junior Dragster
division, besting CJ Ketterer of Sellersville,
Pa. Rothenberger claimed the victory after Ketterer broke
out on his final round run.
Maple Grove Winners:
Junior Street: Hunter Zajac defeated Jake
Trophy: Dana Loffredo defeated Zac
Pro Dial: Bryan Kershner defeated Todd
Northeast Index Racer Series / 8.50 Index:
Mike Kost defeated Gary
Northeast Index Racer Series / 10.00 Index:
Brian Correll defeated
Index Racer Series / 11.50 Index: Matt
Ricchezza defeated Josh
New Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak Revealed
Mopar brand unveiled the next-generation Dodge Challenger
Drag Pak, a factory-prepped package car specifically
geared for drag racing. The vehicle, revealed at the FCA US
LLC Chelsea Proving Grounds, is built on the Dodge Challenger
platform and will come with the option of either the brand’s
first ever offering of a supercharged 354-cubic-inch
Gen III HEMI® engine or a naturally aspirated 426-cubic-inch
Gen III HEMI engine.
new Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak is designed for passionate
Sportsman racers who compete in nationally sanctioned drag
racing series, such as the National Hot Rod Association
(NHRA). The new generation Drag Pak combines the latest
in Sportsman racing technology, a host of upgrades and improvements
from the previous generation Drag Pak and unique heritage
a factory hood is the supercharged 354 HEMI engine, with
a cast-iron block, forged steel crankshaft, Mopar spec camshaft
and a custom performance engine calibration. The 354 nomenclature
pays homage to the heritage of the early Gen 1 HEMI engines,
which originally displaced 354 cubic inches.
naturally aspirated 426 Race HEMI engine is built off of
a Mopar aluminum block with pressed-in steel liners and
aluminum cylinder heads. Like the supercharged engine, the
426 HEMI also includes a custom engine calibration. The
new Drag Pak features a race-prepped automatic transmission,
upgraded from the previous generation vehicle, for both
the 354 and 426 engine options.
vehicle’s front suspension sports a unique Mopar K-Member
and suspension geometry, with double adjustable compression
and rebound struts. At the back of the car is a four-link
rear suspension with Panhard bar, Strange Engineering 4-inch
solid axle with 9-inch aluminum third member, 40 spline
gun drilled axles, shocks with adjustable compression and
rebound and an anti-roll bar. The rear axle mounting has
been strengthened from the previous generation Drag Pak
to help the car launch faster and harder.
engine version carries a unique graphic identification package.
The supercharged hot rod displays a Mopar Blue stripe and
a “354 Supercharged” graphic insignia, while
the naturally aspirated (N/A) Drag Pak sports a horizontal
black stripe along its side with a 426 HEMI engine graphic
new Drag Pak includes the Dodge Challenger front and rear
fascia trim and a redesigned full roll cage fabricated to
NHRA specifications. The inside of the cockpit reflects
the Dodge Challenger interior, but with the addition of
a Mopar gauge pack, driver and passenger lightweight racing
seats, along with a safety net and a five-point harness.
Mopar Drag Pak is equipped with 15-inch front and rear lightweight
wheels displaying the unique Mopar logo. Mounted on those
wheels will be Hoosier drag radials with front tires that
measure 28 inches in diameter by 4.5 inches wide, and rear
tires that are 30 inches in diameter by 9 inches wide. The
car will also feature slotted front and rear brake rotors,
with race-specific calipers and master cylinder.
vehicle also includes a more user-friendly hood, hinged
at the rear to make between rounds under hood maintenance
an easier task. Another small but essential detail that
racers will appreciate is the addition of integrated trailer
tie-down loops on the front and rear of the new Drag Pak.
Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak will be open for ordering
through authorized Dodge dealerships beginning July 23 as
the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals kickoff with the Mopar
Block Party in downtown Golden, Colorado. The MSRP for the
naturally aspirated 426 version of the Mopar Challenger
Drag Pak is a “cubic inch appropriate” $99,426,
with the 354 supercharged race car available for $109,354
MSRP. For ordering information on the new Mopar Dodge Challenger
Drag Pak, visit www.mopar.com/mopar-drag-pak.
Chryslers at South Mountain Raceway on Friday, July 10
original Friday Night Carlisle Chryslers @ South
Mountain Raceway in Boiling Springs PA is back
with a twist. Friday is Chrysler vs. the World in Super
ET, Pro, Street DOT and Trophy. Chryslers vs.the World with
an additional entry of $20 for the chance at the World money.
Guaranteed $1,000 for the winner, $500 for Runner -Up. How
it works: the winner of each class (four from Chrysler,
four from The World) will face off for the $1,000 Win, $500
Runner up. The Chrysler winners and World winners will draw
cards to see who races who.
classes each for Chrysler and The World: Super
Pro - Entry $55, Payout Winner $600/Runner Up
$375 / Pro - Entry $45, Payout Winner
$500/Runner Up $300 / Street DOT 7.35
slower - Entry $35, Payout Winner $380/Runner up $240
/ Trophy - Entry $30.
Camping for racers. Thursday gates open @ 10:00 am (no
hook ups). Friday Gates open 8:00 am. Tech 11:00 am. No
starting of unmuffled cars before 1:00 pm. 3:00 PM Time
Runs. 6:00 PM Eliminations. Eliminator Payout based on
64 car minimum.
and Heads-Up Grudge runs after each session. $30 If time
permits there will be a third time run. For more information
Atlantic .90 Association at Cecil County Dragway July 11th
Mid Atlantic .90 Series fires back up for its
mid-Summer stretch beginning at Cecil County Dragway
on July 11th & 12th. A jam packed weekend
of racing is on tap for .90 Racers. This event will feature
Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street on both days and
on Saturday evening the 2nd annual Autometer / ATI Top
8 Shootout will be featured for those drivers who are
is welcomed to come race with us and we welcome members
and non-members. Early points leaders Keith Mayers (MASSA),
George Stack (MASGA) and Kevin Scholl (MASCA) will enter
as the current point leaders but, expect stiff competition
from the rest of the Mid Atlantic .90 Association members
along with some Cecil County locals who are coming to
defend their home turf.
1993 Cecil County has played host to the annual Uncle
Buck Pig Roast that was originally started by Ronnie "Uncle
Buck" Harple for the MASGA group. Even after Harple's
passing in 2012 the Donhauser and Friends have put together
a spread that is second-to-none and is enjoyed by all.
those wishing to get in and set-up early gates will be
open beginning at 5pm on Friday the 10th (weather permitting).
There will be a test & tune starting at 6pm till 10:30pm.
Gates will then re-open at 8am on both Saturday and Sunday
with racing beginning at 9am on Saturday.
will be with the All-AMC Day on Saturday the 11th and
Cecil County bracket programs on Sunday. On Sunday Junior
Dragsters will start at 9am and regular racing should
start around 11am.
more info e-mail Rob Keister: email@example.com.
In The Hills at Numidia Dragway
PA - Attention racers! Mark your calendars now for
Labor Day Weekend. The “Home Of The Guaranteed
Payout”, Numidia Dragway presents its 4th Annual SuperBucks
In The Hills, September 4 – 6, 2015.
Friday and Sunday each has a $5K
race for Electronics and a $3K race for Footbrake. Saturday
has two $5Ks: one for Door Cars and one for Dragsters.
At the end there’ll be a Door vs. Dragster
King of the Hill runoff for another $2,500.
$5K races pay $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600
Semis, $300 5th Round, $200 4th Round, $150 3rd Round
and $75 2nd Round Win. Entry is $150; buybacks are $90.
The $3K races pay $3,000 Win,
$1,000 Runner-Up, $400 Semis and $50 Round starting
with 2nd Round win. Entry is $90; buybacks are $60.
ET breaks for electronics are 6.50 –
11.99; ET breaks for footbrake is 8.50 – 15.99.
All races are quarter-mile. Two drivers may share a car;
one driver may enter two different cars. One driver cannot
enter the same car twice in the same class.
Gates will be open all day on Thursday,
September 3 for parking. Gates open 10:00 am on Friday,
with time runs starting at 11:00 am. Gates open at 9:00
am on Saturday with time runs at 10:00 am; gates open
8:00 am Sunday with a time run at 10:00 am. Visit www.NumidiaDragway.com
for more info.
in Montgomery, AL!
in Montgomery, AL! If you’re in the vicinity
of Montgomery Raceway Park and love grudge
racing, then get there on Saturday, June 27, 2015 for the
War Of The Worlds 2: The Dirty South Outlaws vs. The New
No Limit. There’ll be $100,000 worth of all-out grudge
racing on the line.
There’ll also be 6.0 and
7.0 Index racing. 6.0 Index pays $1,200 with a 10-car
minimum; $50 entry. 7.0 Index pays $1,000 with a 10-car
minimum; $40 entry.
open at 3:00 pm. For more information visit www.montgomeryracewaypark.com.
‘R Done at Mt. Park Dragway’s Hillbilly Showdown
City, KY - OK, all you bracket racing hillbillies!
Get to Mt. Park Dragway for the Hillbilly
Showdown on Friday – Sunday, July 3rd – 5th,
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
each has a $5K Top ET race for box. Payout is $5,000
Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $300 Semis, $200 Quarters
and $100 Eighths. Enter a single day for $100, enter
two days for $180 or enter all three days for $260.
Buybacks are $50.
Each day also features a $1,500 Mod race for
no box. Payout is $1,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up,
$150 Semis, $75 Quarters and $35 Eighths. One day entry
is $65, two day is $120 or three day is $160. Buybacks
Saturday has a 64-Car Duel that
pays $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $750 Semis,
$250 Quarters and $100 Eighths. Entry is $250. There’ll
also be a 32-Car Duel that pays $2,500 Win,
$500 Runner-Up, $300 Semis, $150 Quarters and
$50 Eighths. Entry is $150.
open Thursday, July 2nd for early parking from 7:00
pm – 11:00 pm. Gates open Friday at 10:00 am,
Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am. Visit www.mpdragway.com
for more info.
Series Shootout at Cordova International Raceway
2015 Quick Series Shootout at Cordova International
Raceway will qualify the quickest 8 Top Sportsman
and the quickest 8 Top Dragsters. Each class will
vie for $600 Win and $150 Runner-Up. The winner of each will
face each other in a shootout race that pays an additional
$500. Entry is $100. Non-Qualifiers get entry back
less Test n Tune fee. Shootout dates are June 27,
July 11, August 28 & 29.
2015 Quick Series Shootout Year-End Points Fund pays: 1st
Place - $1,000 and a Dyno Day Session at West Racing Heads
in Geneseo, IL; 2nd Place - $600; 3rd Place - $500; 4th
Place - $400 and 5th Place - $300. For information, visit
News: ATI to Award Nearly $2,000 to DSE Racers in 2015
Performance Products and the DSE Automotive
Sportsman Racing Series will again be working together
in 2015 to help bring competitive, fun and rewarding bracket
racing to tracks in southern Ontario by awarding close to
$2,000 in prizes to top points racers in the series.
for their third season with the Canada-based racing series,
ATI will be awarding $1,000 in Product Certificates for
points competitors in Super Pro, Modified Eliminator,
and Quick 16 . As a bonus ATI will hand out a $995 certificate
towards the purchase of a new ATI torque converter to
the racer in either Modified, Super Pro or Quick 16 that
finishes with the most points and is currently not an
ATI torque converter owner.
can compete for the year-end prizes by joining the Sportsman
Racing Series Points program, which costs $80 for Super
Pro, Modified, or Super Bike/Sled, $130 for Quick 16 ($30
Discount for those who also join Super Pro Points), $40
for Street and $30 for Jr Dragster. Co-Drivers are permitted
in all classes.
next event in the DSE Sportsman Racing Series is the inagural
Southern Ontario Nationals at Cayuga Dragway of Toronto
Motorsports Park featuring the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment
“King of the Track”. For more information
on the series please visit www.SportsmanRacingSeries.ca.
Days Nostalgia Drags at Maple Grove Raceway
PA - A blast from the past returns to Maple
Grove Raceway as the Glory Days Nostalgia
Drags comes to the track on Saturday, June 27,
2015. The event, a throwback to drag racing's wild early
days, includes drag racing, a car show and the summer
alcohol-burning Nostalgia Funny Cars are featured during
the event: Total Insanity, Fireball Monza, Bits &
Pieces and Screamin Eagle. The Nostalgia Funny Cars will
be joined by five nostalgia drag racing organizations:
422 All Stars, East Coast Gassers, Back Seat Drivers,
North East Timing Organization (NETO) and Mid-Atlantic
Nostalgia Drag Racing Association (MANDRA). The "Jungle
Jim" Liberman tribute car, a replica of the late
legend's 1970 Camaro funny car, will be on display on
the midway. Nostalgia E.T. bracket racing (no cars newer
than 1989) will also take place. Gates for Glory Days
open at 8 a.m.
more information visit www.maplegroveraceway.com.
June 20 E.T. Bracket Racing at Maple Grove Raceway
Werner can be called a creature of habit, because
he has a habit of visiting Sunoco Race Fuels Victory Lane
at Maple Grove Raceway. Werner, of Sinking
Spring, Pa., took first place in P.C. Richard
and Son Street Eliminator on Saturday, June 20,
2015 during the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail No. 6. It
was his second win of the season in Street, and he did
it when his competition, Lee Ann Ormsbee,
fouled at the start of the final round of eliminations.
Werner also has a win this year in Cicccarone Racing Products
The Gold Rush Super Pro Eliminator was
won on Saturday by Shayne Beck (Narvon,
Pa.). Beck defeated Dennis Helman (Norristown,
Pa.). Beck's reaction time at the start of .004 seconds
helped propel him to the win, besting Helman who had a
.018 reaction time.
Paul Thimm, Jr. (Mohnton, Pa.) was also
a repeat winner on Saturday, as he ran his '27 Ford Roadster
to the victory in Ciccarone Racing Products Pro
Eliminator class for the second straight week.
Thimm won the final round when Mike Tomaszewski
of Reading, Pa. broke out in his '68 Barracuda.
Taking the final green light in Reading Standard Motorsports
Top Bike was Kyle Gockley of Mohnton,
Pa. Gockley, who defeated Austin Youndt
of Stevens, Pa. in the final round on a double break out.
Three Races in Two Days at South Georgia Motorsports Park
GA - ET bracket racers at South Georgia Motorsports
Park will have three chances in two days to take
home the money. Saturday, June 27 will have two races for
Box, No Box and Street ET; Sunday June 28 will have one race
in each class.
(1/8-mile) pays $1,400 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and
$100 Quarters. Entry per race is $60; buybacks are $30.
No Box (1/8-mile) pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $125
Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry per race is $50; buybacks
are $25. Street ET (1/4-mile) pays $100 Win, $50 Runner-Up
and $10 Semis. Entry per race is $25; buybacks are $10.
open Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am. Visit www.GoRaceSGMP.com
for more info.
Photos from the Summer Bracket Bonanza at Englishtown
a small sampling of the images that we captured on Saturday,
June 13th, 2015 at The Summer Bracket Bonanza
at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. On
the line was a $5,000 Super Pro race and a $3,000 Footbrake
race. There were some serious heavy-hitters in competition,
including NHRA National event winners Peter Biondo,
Dan Northrop, Richard Leone and Steve Sisko
in Super Pro, and NHRA Division 1 Bracket
Finals winners James Young, Jr. and
Andrew Bracuto in Footbrake. There'll be an upcoming
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American DRAGCAR Inaugural StreetCar Showdown
DRAGCAR debuted the 1/8th mile heads-up Arizona
Race Company StreetCar Showdown Series on Saturday
May 30th at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park,
and what a show those racers put on.
that this much-anticipated debut actually turned out to
be a “let’s see what it looks like” kind
of event for a number of the Arizona heads-up racers as
there were quite a few absent from the staging lanes on
this evening but those who did show up certainly exhibited
hardcore racer hearts as they battled it out under the lights
for money and bragging rights.
the full story HERE...
News On Location: 2015 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Maple
were on location at the 2015 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag
Racing Series at Maple Grove Raceway
on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Classes were Stock, Super Stock,
Super Street, Super Gas, Super Comp, Competition Eliminator,
Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Pro Stock Sled, Top Alcohol
Funny and Top Alcohol Dragster. We were on the property
for a short amount of time and had to leave before Super
Gas, Comp Eliminator or the Alcohol cars made any passes
to the volume of photos, we'll be presenting this in three
parts, so be patient and stick with it. Subscribe to the
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III is now published HERE,
or start at the beginning with Part I HERE.
Maple Grove ET Bracket Racing, June 5, 2015
June 13 was the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail No. 5 at
Maple Grove Raceway. The Gold Rush Trailers
Super Pro Eliminator class was won by Nick Daniels
of Malvern, Pa., who piloted his '67 Coupe to an ET of
10.715 at 70.69 mph. His win over Brian Marko of Myerstown,
Pa. was complete when Marko broke out at 8.498 on a dial-in
The Ciccarone Racing Products Pro Eliminator class saw
Paul Thimm, Jr. of Mohnton, Pa. run his
'27 Ford Roadster to the win over Jeff Hatfield of Spring
City, Pa., when Hatfield fouled at the start of the final.
Over in the P.C. Richard and Son Street Eliminator class,
Adam Werner of Reading, Pa. recorded
a double break-out win over Matthew Smith from Coatesville,
Pa. Werner's reaction time of .021 was what helped propel
him to the victory against Smith's .033.
Reading Standard Motorsports Top Bike honors went once
again to Cory Stuebner of Orwigsburg,
Pa., who posted his second victory of the year. Stuebner
rode his Kawasaki to the win over Kyle Gockley of Mohnton,
Pa., who red lit at the start.
Jeremy Ketterer of Sellersville, Pa.
drove his '05 Half Scale to the win in UTI Junior Dragsters
when his final round opponent, Elizabeth Pyles of East
Prospect, Pa. fouled at the start of the race.
Another 2015 two-time champion was crowned on Saturday
when Robert Weidenhammer of Reading,
Pa. won the Junior Street class. His 10.373 ET was good
enough to beat Samantha Hess of Mountville, Pa., who posted
an ET of 11.230.
Trophy class saw Sue Feger, Reading,
Pa., take the win in her '14 Mustang when her competition,
Kevin Keisey of Myerstown, Pa. fouled at the start of
Maple Grove Raceway will kick off its next weekend with
the Auto Locator Fast Friday. Saturday brings Sunoco Race
Fuels Money Trail No. 6 to the Grove, and Sunday we play
host to the Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience.
Final Round Results
- Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail ET Bracket Racing
Series No. 5, June 13
Gold Rush Trailers Super Pro: Nick Daniels,
'67 Coupe, .004 reaction time, 10.715 ET on a 10.71 dial-in,
70.69 mph defeated Brian Marko, '68 Chevelle, .013, 8.948
on a 8.95 dial-in, 150.45 mph
Ciccarone Racing Products Pro: Paul Thimm, Jr.,
'27 Ford Roadster, .013 reaction time, 9.063 on a 9.06
dial-in, 145.66 mph defeated Jeff Hatfield, '68 Dodge
Dart, -.042, 9.471 on a 9.46 dial-in, 139.47 mph (foul)
P.C. Richard and Son Street: Adam Werner,
'81 El Camino, .021 reaction time, 12.135 on a 12.15 dial-in,
109.52 mph defeated Matthew Smith, '70 El Camino, .033,
11.699 on a 11.73 dial-in, 112.25 mph
Reading Standard Motorsports Top Bike: Cory Stuebner,
Kawasaki, .043 reaction time, 8.894 on a 8.85 dial-in,
145.53 mph, defeated Kyle Gockley, '03 Suzuki, -.012,
8.911 on a 8.87 dial-in, 151.10 mph (foul)
U.T.I. Junior Dragster: Jeremy Ketterer,
'05 Halfscale, .088 reaction time, 7.895 on a 7.90 dial-in,
83.36 mph defeated Elizabeth Pyles, '05 Lightning, -.016,
7.876 on a 7.90 dial-in, 82.43 mph (foul)
Junior Street: Robert Weidenhammer, '72
Nova, .166 reaction time, 10.373 on a 10.30 dial-in, 67.41
mph defeated Samantha Hess, .254, 11.230 on a 11.19 dial-in,
Trophy: Sue Feger, '14 Mustang, .290
reaction time, 13.093 on a 13.00 dial-in, 110.23 mph defeated
Kevin Keisey, '89 Mustang, -.068, 13.674 on a 13.60 dial-in,
101.56 mph (foul)
Harley's Rise in Popularity at IHRA Nitro Jam Events
riders of IHRA's Nitro Harley class are
among the most popular classes this season. With 2,000 horsepower,
nitro-burning engines placed just inches beneath their chest,
Nitro Harley covers the quarter-mile in a little over six
seconds at more than 220 mph and the racers, and fans, love
it. 2012 Nitro Harley World Champion Jay Turner and current
IHRA racer believes that racer and fan attendance will continue
to grow. "Over the last few years, the facilities have
improved and we're running in front of crowds again. It's
no longer like bracket racing," remarked Turner. "Last
year was a good season and this year there is even more
interest. You can look in the stands every week and see
we're heading in the right direction."
Nitro Motorcycles have been used for drag racing since the
1980s and is viewed as one of the most insane types of drag
racing. The Nitro Harley riders are so hard core, they have
to wear Kevlar vests under their fire suits just to protect
themselves in the event of an engine explosion.
"When I was kid growing up my parents owned Piedmont
Dragway and, Elmer Trett and Jim McClure were my heroes.
I couldn't imagine there was anything cooler than racing
drag bikes," stated Turner. "I started racing
as a kid and still do it as an adult. There's nothing else
out there like it. No two runs are ever the same and there's
always another challenge; either do a better job riding
the bike or a better job tuning it."
After five events this season, a total of 17 different teams
have competed on the Nitro Jam tour. The top-three Nitro
Harley riders heading into Maryland are separated by just
10 points: Randal Andras - 399, Jay Turner - 390, and Tracy
Kile - 389. For more information, please visit www.NitroJam.com.
Dragster Challenge at Numidia Dragway
PA - Numidia Dragway hosts the NHRA
National DRAGSTER Challenge as part of their E.T.
bracket racing on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Since 2002, National
DRAGSTER, the weekly publication of the National Hot Rod Association,
has presented its popular National DRAGSTER Challenge for
E.T. bracket racers at NHRA member tracks. The winner of each
event is rewarded with a special-edition pewter Wally trophy,
the most coveted prize in drag racing. When member tracks
report their National DRAGSTER Challenge results, their coverage
and photos appear with logo identification in ND's Member
Track News section.
open at10:00 am, Jr. Dragster at 11:00 am, time trials at
3:00 pm and eliminations are 5:30 pm. Visit www.NumidiaDragway.com
for more information.
Electronics, $1,000 Footbrake at Gulfport Dragway
MS - Saturday, June 13 is the Summit
Super Series at Gulfport Dragway. This
is 1/8 mile E.T. bracket racing for Electronics, Footbrake
and Jr. Dragsters.
and Footbrake have the same payout structure: $1,000 Win,
$300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $40 Quarters. Entry
is $40; 1st Round buybacks are $20.
Dragster pays $150 Win, $60 Runner-Up, $40 Semis
and $20 Quarters. Entry is $20; 1st Round buybacks are $10.
open 11:00 am, Jr. Dragster time trials are at 12 noon,
Footbrake and Electronic time trials at 4:00 pm.
this week at Gulfport is the Bud Light King of the Hill
1/4 Mile Racing Program on Wednesday, June 10. Gates open
more information visit www.GulfportDragway.com.
Division 1 News: Big Money for Stock, Super Stock at Napierville
some good news for Stock and Super Stock racers at the Sony
/ PC Richard.com National Open Series event at Napierville
Dragway coming up June 19-21, 2015. These racers
have the opportunity to bring home two purses for a single
$250 entry. $10,000 to win on the Main Event on Saturday
and there will be a special Stock/Super Stock Combo on Sunday
presented by Gafftech Solutions.
SATURDAY - Stock/Super Stock Combo
Race pays $10,000 Win + Wally, $2,000 Runner-Up,
$500 Semis and $250 Quarters. Entry Fee is $250 US. Payout
based on 64 cars. Points will be awarded to PC Richard.com
National Open Series on Saturday only for Stock &
SUNDAY -- Stock/Super Stock Combo
Race pay $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-up, $500 Semis
and $250 Quarters. Free entry with paid Saturday entry.
Payouts based on 48 cars.
More information about the event can be
found on the NHRA Division 1 website HERE.
For more information about the track, visit www.napiervilledragway.com.
Neva Wray Becomes First Woman to Take American DRAGCAR Win
DRAGCAR entered the 2nd half of its Season IV
Arizona Differential Specialists Central State Championship
Series schedule at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports
Park with Race #4 on Saturday May 30th and what
an event it was to behold. The Arizona weather was hot
to start the day but it actually cooled off comfortably
after the sun went down. And though the air temperature
cooled, the action heated up as DRAGCAR was not only featuring
the CSCS DragCar/DragSport Eliminator combo at this event,
but also the very first outing of the Arizona Race Company
StreetCar Showdown Series as well...
the full story HERE
Saturday Night at Palm Beach International Raceway
FL - Outlaw Saturday Night is coming
up Saturday, June 13th, 2015 at Palm Beach International
Raceway. This is an Open Test & Tune where no
times are displayed on the scoreboards. Racer entry is $20;
time slips are available for $1 each. Gates open at 6:00 pm,
test & tune starts at 6:30 am. All vehicles must adhere
to IHRA safety rules; IHRA rules can be found HERE.
more information about Palm Beach International, visit www.RacePBIR.com,
Photos from the NHRA Toyota Summernationals at Englishtown
a small sampling of the images that we captured over three
days at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
The upcoming Dragtime News On Location photo-coverage
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Dragway Hosts 6th Annual Detroit Dragway Reunion
MI - On Saturday, June 13, 2015, Milan Dragway
will host thousands of drag racing, car loving enthusiasts
for one of the biggest events of the year, The Detroit
Dragway Reunion. For the past six years, those
who used to frequent the Detroit Dragway gather to reunite,
race and show off their cars.
racing classes include Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman and
a Detroit Dragway Trophy class. Racing groups will include
nostalgia funny cars and The Great Lakes Gassers. Special
guests in attendance include the legendary Don
"The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom
"The Mongoose" McEwen, who represent
the greatest rivalry and friendship in drag racing history.
The legends will be greeting fans along with signing autographs
at 10:30 am and then again at 3:00 pm at the dragway.
Gates open at 9:00 am and cars begin racing at 10:00 am.
The event will continue until dusk as hundreds of cars
will race throughout the day. Along with the days activities,
the Billetproof Car Show will also be taking place throughout
the day. Visit www.MilanDragway.com.
NHRA Racer News: H.P. Adjustments Following the LODRS at Maple
the result of runs under NHRA's Automatic Horsepower Factoring
System (AHFS) 1.20-second under policy at the LODRS 1-2
event, the following change has been made:
horsepower rating for 2009-2010 Dodge Drag Pak
entries with the 426 cubic inch engine and a factory rating
of 450 currently rated at 450 has been increased by twenty-four
horsepower to 474 horsepower for Stock Eliminator. NHRA's
2015 Automatic Horsepower Factoring System outlines that
any run of 1.20-seconds or more under the index will receive
an immediate index decrease or horsepower increase. These
changes became effective May 26, 2015.
other NHRA racer news, the NHRA Technical Department
has released additional 2015 Rule Amendments. Unless otherwise
noted, these additional amendments will come into effect
immediately. The 2015 NHRA Rulebook Amendments can be found
under the Rules section of NHRARacer.com.
Current Top 5 in IHRA Crower Pro Mod Points
PRO MOD Points Standings – after three events
1. Ruben Tetsoshvili (Wesley Chapel, Florida / pictured
above left) 220
2. Isaias Rojas (San Juan, Puerto Rico) 212
3. Jimmy Keen (Parrish, Florida) 210
4. Dina Parise (New Freedom, Pennsylvania / pictured
above right) 197
5. Bill Lutz (Canal Winchester, Ohio) 123
"D1" Ladies Enter Media Spotlight
Thursday, June 4th, ladies of the NHRA Northeast Division’s
sportsman categories (pictured clockwise from right) Amanda
Boicesco, Allison Smyth, Katie
Sepanek, Kelli Barbato
and Jeanne Linke will sit down together to
discuss today’s most relevant topics in sportsman drag
ladies, all second generation competitors, will broadcast
live from the NHRA Toyota Summernationals,
with assistance from David Napp of Old
Bridge Township Raceway Park, on Wheelz Up Radio,
presented by BBRD Motorsports and Str8line Automotive, at
7PM EST to discuss not only what it is like “racing
with the boys,” but also their investments as sportsman
racers and their concerns for the future of drag racing.
really looking forward to this,” says Chris Barnes,
of Wheelz Up Radio. “Each of these ladies has an outstanding
resume and a lot of knowledge to bring to the table about
a variety of aspects related to motorsports.”
driver of the Hudson Performance and Mid Atlantic Super
Street Association sponsored 1968 Super Street/Super Gas
Chevrolet Camaro, began working beside her father, a shop
foreman for Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, at a young
age to help build and assemble race engines. She continues
to stay involved in the sport in ways other than through
racing by helping her father as well as her fiancé
operate their own race engine shops.
Bracket Bonanza at Englishtown
NJ - Attention, bracket racers in the Northeast:
mark your calendars for the weekend of Saturday
& Sunday, June 13th & 14th, 2015 for the
Summer Bracket Bonanza at Old Bridge Township Raceway
Park in Englishtown, NJ.
Each day will feature a race for
Super ET (electronics) and Pro ET (footbrake).
Super ET pays $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $750 Semis,
$350 Quarters and $200 Eighths. Entry per day is $160; buybacks
are $90. Super ET is for 6.50 – 11.99 dials. No deep
Each day’s Pro ET race pays $3,000
Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $250 Quarters and $150
Eighths. Entry per day is $100; buybacks are $60. Pro ET
is for 9.00 – 15.99 dials, footbrake only (no transbrakes)
and deep staging will be honored.
Gates open Saturday at 1:00 pm with a single
session of time runs at 4:00 pm. No double-entries on Saturday,
buybacks to be determined. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am,
with time runs starting at 9:30 am. Double-entry and buybacks
on Sunday. Download
the flier HERE.
For info, visit www.RacewayPark.com.
Mega MOPAR Action Series at Maple Grove Raceway
Pa. - The words "MOPAR heaven" summed up the
annual Mega MOPAR Action Series held at Maple Grove
Raceway on Saturday, May 30. The daylong event featured
everything MOPAR, including drag racing, swap meet,
a car show and manufacturers' midway.
In the hotly contest Hemi Challenge Shootout, it was
Jim Daniels (Bristol,
Pa.) making a trip to Maple Grove's Sunoco Race Fuels
Victory Lane, defeating Larry Perkins,
Sr. (Collegeville, Pa.) with an ET
of 8.827 at 146.85 mph, as compared to Perkins' 8.843
at 151.04. It was Daniel's reaction time of .012 compared
to Perkins' .064 that sealed the victory.
Other winners included Mike Novitsky
(Slatington, Pa.) in B1, Mike Tomaszewski
(Reading, Pa.) in B2, Don Long
Jr. (Quakertown, Pa.) in DOT/Street,
John E. Grater in Nostalgia Stock/Super
Stock, Colin Moyle in the Front Wheel
Drive Challenge, John Castiello (Aldan,
Pa.) in Challenger SO, Mark Woods (Poolesville,
Md.) in the Late Model Hemi Challenge, and Jeff
Tripp (Jackson, N.J.) in NHRA Stock/Superstock.
MOPAR Action Series Final Round Results
B1 Electronics: Mike Novitsky, .022
reaction time, 8.236 seconds, 138.33 def. Keith Mayers,
.021, 11.638, 105.32
B2 Non-Electronics: Mike Tomaszewski,
'68 EFI Source Barracuda, .052 reaction time, 9.732,
136.80 def. Andy Anderson, '71 Dodge Dart, .035, 10.442,
DOT/Street: Don Long, Jr. '71 Dodge
Demon, .077 reaction time, 12.705, 104.87 def. Jason
Kemp, '68 Dodge, -.003, 13.301, 94.77 (foul)
Nostalgia S/SS: John E. Grater, .075
reaction time, 11.649, 110.56 def. Keith Mayers, '67
Dodge, .109 11.644, 111.87
Front Wheel Drive Challenge: Colin
Moyle, '04 SRT4, .427 reaction time, 11.636 seconds,
121.72 def. Andrew Crider, '87 GLHS, .204, 13.884, 100.42
Challenger SO: John Castiello, .214,
12.748, 100.12 ran unopposed
Late Model Hemi Challenge: Mark Woods,
'06 Dodge SRT8, .632 reaction time, 13.404, 103.21 def.
Steve Kaiser, 2110 Challenger, -.023, 12.127, 115.66
Hemi Challenge Shootout: Jim Daniels,
'68 Dart, .012, 8.827, 146.85 def. Larry Perkins, Sr.
'68 Barracuda, .064, 8.843, 151.04
NHRA Stock/Super Stock Circuit: Jeff
Tripp, .041, 8.777, 151.89 def. James Daniels, .062,
Improvements Sponsors DSE Street Eliminator Class
ON – Performance Improvements
will be sponsoring the Canada-based DSE Sportsman
Racing Series Street Eliminator category for the
2015 season by contributing $1,000 in certificates to the
year end points fund as well as awarding ten $50 certificates
to one Street Eliminator racer at each event who has the
best first-round losing package. The Performance Improvements
Street Eliminator class is designed to give automotive enthusiasts
who wish to race their Street vehicles a safe and organized
place to run against other street legal vehicles at the
drag strip in a no pressure environment.
in the category must run drive tires stamped DOT approved
for street use, and must use full exhausts with commercially
available mufflers. Vehicles will not be allowed to run
any bracket racing aids such as delay boxes, two steps,
or air/electric shifters unless it was installed with the
vehicle from the factory.
The race will be run as a standard bracket race where competitors
dial their cars in, and handicap starts are given to the
slower vehicle, however instead of using the standard Sportsman
tree, the class will run on a .600 Pro tree, which over
the past two seasons has proven to be a hit with the racers.
first event in the DSEAutomotive Sportsman Racing
Series is the 4th Annual Season Opener which takes
place June 6th-7th at Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports
Park. The DSESportsman Racing Series features six different
Championship Classes and a points structure where racers
claim their best 8 out of 10 points races during the season.
For more information www.SportsmanRacingSeries.ca.
President’s Cup Nationals at Maryland International
IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series is headed
to the East Coast again, this time to Maryland International
Raceway on June 19-20 for the annual President’s
Cup Nationals. The quarter-mile-only drag racing series
featuring five pro classes has been developing some interesting
story lines since the Summer Nationals concluded in Cordova,
Illinois, on May 31.
Halfway: The President’s
Cup Nationals is the sixth race on the 2015 IHRA Nitro
Jam schedule and will mark the halfway point of the season.
New faces in the winner’s
circle: Tii Tharpe won his very first Nitro Harley
race at Cordova, while Ruben Tetsoshvili scored his first
IHRA Nitro Jam win in the Crower Pro Mod final. There
are no repeat winners this year in three Crower Pro Mod
races since the class was reinstated at the Bradenton,
Florida, event in April.
New points leaders: With
his Cordova Summer Nationals victory, Ruben Tetsoshvili
also has jumped to the top of the Crower Pro Mod points
battle. Summer Nationals Nitro Harley runner-up Randal
Andras has taken the points lead from Jay Turner.
Undefeated: Mike McIntire
has entered four of the five IHRA Nitro Jam events held
so far in 2015 and has won them all. McIntire’s
“McAttack!” Camaro also has set three new
IHRA records in the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car Presented By
Numbers: The Cordova
Nitro Jam also boasted a season-high AMSOIL Nitro Funny
Car entry list of 14 cars. The President’s Cup Nationals’
Crower Pro Mod entry list stands at eight so far (Ruben
Tetsoshvili, Dina Parise, George Williams, Bill Lutz,
Chuck Mohn, Vinny Budano, Billy Harper and Robert Patrick).
Super Series at Cayuga Dragway
Hill Racing/RPM Magazine will present the Joe's
Transmission TNT Super Series June 6-7 at Cayuga Dragway
of Toronto Motorsports Park. This double race weekend
marks the Canadian opener for the highly competitive sportsman
drag racing series which is based on NHRA's Super Street
(10.90) index class.
into races 3 and 4 of the 10 race series, the 2015 TNTSS
points chase is heating up with Wellandport's Chris VanBaalen
leading, just ahead of 2009 TNTSS champion Paul Young.
They are followed by Sam LoVetro Jr in third, then Ryan
Boniferro fourth and rounding out the top five is Jeff
weekend’s events are also two more qualifiers for
the REVS Full Throttle Powersports RACE OF CHAMPIONS coming
up in September. Last year’s event saw Tom Coonly
from Blasdell, NY win Saturday and improve his qualifying
position in the ROC. Event presenter Ian Hill is a strong
supporter of grass roots drag racing and is a great fit
for the TNTSS. "Ian Hill Racing is proud to associate
with the TNT Super Series for our third year, this time,
partnering up with RPM Magazine to present the series’
Canadian opening dates," said Hill. "We feel
that the TNT Super Series is truly one of the toughest
series going. With win stripes being taken by thousands
of a second, and such diverse power to weight differential
between the competitors, .90 racing is something every
spectator should watch from the finish line. It will give
you a new appreciation for the talent these index class
drivers have and something Ian Hill Racing/ RPM Magazine
looks forward to being part of down the road!"
open Friday at 6:00 pm for weekend camping with qualifying
set to begin at 11:00 am on Saturday and 10:00 am on Sunday.
complete racetrack information.
Transmission TNT Super Series - 2015 Championship Points
Standings Top 10 (2 of 10 races complete)
Chris VanBaalen 209
Paul Young 189
Sam LoVetro Jr 170
Ryan Boniferro 150
Jeff Sobczynski 142
Harris Phelps 140
Jamie Stoneman 140
Ron D'Alessandro 134
Ted Barnes 130
Larry Pulver 130
Dragtime News Video: Frank Zeffiro, Top Dragster at Maple
Dragtime News Video: Jeff Tripp, Super Stock at Maple Grove
Dragtime News Video: Rick Mattioli, Super Street at Maple
Bracket Nationals at Rockingham Dragway
NC - Rockingham Dragway has a huge weekend
of 1/8th-mile big-money bracket racing scheduled at The
Spring Bracket Nationals on Friday –
Sunday, June 12-14, 2015. With races for Top ET,
Footbrake and Jr. Dragster, there’s something for pretty
much every racer.
Saturday and Sunday each has a Top ET race that pays $10,000
Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $400 Quarters
and $50 Round starting 3rd Round Win. 8.49 and quicker dials,
electronics permitted, payouts based on 150 minimum entries
per day. Entry per day is $150, or buy a 3-race weekend
tech card for $300. 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $100.
has races on Saturday and Sunday. Each race pays $2,500
Win, $400 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $30 Round starting
with 3rd Round Win. No electronics (no boxes, no brakes,
no 2-steps except for stick cars), payouts based on 60 minimum
entries per day. Entry per day is $65 or buy a 2-race tech
card for $100. 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $30.
Dragster (Saturday and Sunday) pays $400 Win, $100 Runner-Up
and $50 Semis. Entry per day is $25, or a 2-day tech card
is $40. Buybacks are $20.
entries are permitted; round money not paid to “placed”
cars. Gates open Thursday at 4:00 pm for parking. Gates
open Friday and Saturday at 8:00 am; Sunday at 8:30 am.
For more information visit www.RockinghamDragway.com.
Car Nationals at Luskville Dragway
friends up north at Luskville Dragway will
turn up the heat on Saturday and Sunday, June 13
and 14 with the Jet Car Nationals.
In addition to the jets, there will be two big days of NHRA
drag racing that includes Super Pro, Semi Pro, Jr.
Dragster and Street ET. Saturday night will also
feature a cruise that starts at 6:00 pm.
open on Friday for parking, pitting and camping. On-site
camping is available, and the track has full restaurant
facilities and a full bar. Racing starts Saturday morning
at 11:00 am.
for more information.
Park Dragway’s Ultimate Sixty-Four Shootout
City, KY – The 10th Annual Ultimate Sixty-Four
Shootout is coming up at Mt. Park Dragway
on Friday – Sunday, June 12-14, 2015.
The Shootout is on Saturday and
pays $50,000 Win, $10,000 Runner-Up, $3,000 Semis,
$1,500 Quarters, $750 Eighths and $500 Sixteenths. Entry
is $1,500, no buybacks.
There’s a lot more on the weekend’s
schedule than The Shootout. Friday has a 64 Hi-Roller
that pays $8,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis,
$500 Quarters and $300 Eighths. Entry is $300, no buybacks.
Sunday has The Ultimate Gambler’s 32 that pays $8,000
Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $750 Semis and $500 Quarters. Entry
is $500, no buybacks.
Also on Friday, Saturday and Sunday is
an Ultimate $10K each day that pays $10,000 Win, $2,000
Runner-Up, $500 Semis and $50 Round starting with 3rd
Round Win. Single day entry is $150 or buy a 3-day entry
for $350. Buybacks are $75. Payouts based on 150 entries
Gates open Wednesday at 6:00 pm and Thursday
at 8:00 am for parking. Gates open Friday and Saturday
at 7:00 am, Sunday at 8:00 am. Visit www.mpdragway.com.
Matt Gill Makes It Two Years In A Row at Maple Grove LODRS
PA - Winning your class once in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing
Series is tough enough. But winning it two years straight?
That's exactly what Matt Gill of Brockton,
MA did when he won top honors in Top Alcohol Funny Car.
Gill's '08 Mustang ran a 5.838 ET at 254.14 mph to best
DJ Cox (Whiteford, MD) in his '11 Monte Carlo, who ran
a 8.236 at 153.58.
Meanwhile, Top Alcohol Dragster saw Duane Shields
of Boulder City, NV win the class with a commanding run
of 5.274 at 274.33. Shields and his '13 Hadman won out
over Jeff Veale of Stoney Creek, ON who ran his '04 McKinney
to a 14.821 at 58.33.
Over in Top Dragster, it was Michael Esposito
(Maspeth, NY) winning over Steve Cohen (Trilby,
FL). Esposito ran a 6.832 ET with a 197.77 mph compared
to Cohen's 6.659 ET at 192.88 mph. It was Cohen's reaction
time of .008 that secured the victory.
Results - Lucas Oil Drag Racing
Series presented by Penske Truck Leasing
Top Alcohol Dragster: Duane Shields,
'13 Hadman, .057 reaction time, 5.274 ET, 274.33 mph defeated
Jeff Veale, '04 McKinney, .038 reaction time, 14.821 ET,
Top Alcohol Funny Car: Matt Gill, '08
Mustang, .064 reaction time, 5.838 ET, 254.14 mph defeated
DJ Cox, '11 Monte Carlo, .022 reaction time, 8.236 ET,
Top Dragster: Michael Esposito, '15 Spitzer,
.008 reaction time, 6.832 ET, 197.77 mph defeated Steve
Cohen, '11 Miller, .031 reaction time, 6.659 ET, 192.88
Top Sportsman: Ryan Ondrejko, '12 Camaro,
.010 reaction time, 6.746 ET, 200.32 mph defeated Robert
Bauer, '14 GXP, .045 reaction time, 7.205 ET, 189.79 mph
Competition Eliminator: Don Eckel, '09
ProStart, .026 reaction time, 7.026 ET, 192.71 mph defeated
Frank Aragona, '05 Ken Keir, .099 reaction time, 8.059
ET, 164.11 mph
Super Stock: Jeff
Roell, '10 Mustang, .025 reaction time,
9.430 ET, 130.20 mph defeated Mark Alvey, '87 Camaro,
.071 reaction time, 9.930 ET, 126.73 mph
Stock Eliminator: James
Daniels, '85 Camaro, .044, 11.268, 116.18
defeated Todd Bednaz, '68 Camaro, -.023, 10.468, 123.77
Super Comp: Nicholas Pierson, '01 Quay,
.000, 8.928, 155.88, defeated Kenneth Moses, '12 American,
.034, 8.902, 173.49
Super Gas: Jon Pellican, '13 Spitzer,
.014, 9.894, 153.33, defeated Matt Schurman, '96 Beretta,
.021, 9.882, 165.70
Super Street: Mark
Proulx, '65 Comet, .012, 10.914, 121.23,
defeated Kelli Barbato, '68 Camaro, .033, 10.907, 144.44
Pro Stock Sled: Brian Werner, '01 Yamaha,
.083 reaction time, 8.410 ET, 151.19 mph defeated Tina
Duncanson, '10 Mach Z, .153 reaction time, 11.468 ET,
Robert Armbruster / Maple Grove Raceway. Photos: The
DRAGCAR News: StreetCar Showdown Added; Shelly Wins in 3rd
friends at The American DRAGCAR Series
have announced the addition of an "Outlaw"
styled StreetCar Showdown program to its Season
IV schedules at Wild Horse Pass and Southwestern International
Raceway. According to the announcement, "There will
be 3 classes virtually limited only by tire size; Pro
Bantamweight is basically a combined 235 drag radial
and 8.5 class. Pro Welterweight is somewhat
close to a 275 drag radial class allowing for 10" slicks.
Pro Heavyweight is essentially a combined
Drag Radial/True 10.5 slick class. These are all-out heads-up
classes not running on an index or having a breakout. They
will be run on an 1/8th mile with an "Instant Green"
are three StreetCar Showdown races being added to the
2015 DRAGCAR schedule: May 30th @ WildHorse Pass in Chandler,
AZ; September 5th @ WildHorse Pass in Chandler, AZ and
November 8th @ Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson,
DRAGCAR's Race #3 of the AZ Differential Specialists
Central State Championship Series on Saturday, May 2nd
at Wild Horse Pass started off the night racing season.
special event was set to take place at this race during
qualifying which involved a DragCar formulated index match
race between Jeff Sefranek’s XP/D1 11.20 indexed
Mustang and Willie Wray’s MS/C2 10.30 indexed Camaro.
These two were the quickest DragCar Eliminator qualifiers
at the CSCS Race #2 only a hundredth apart from each other
so this match race was planned as an introduction to the
DragCar Eliminator truly all-out format.
it turned out, the match was less than spectacular as
Willie Wray drew the red-light in the first 2-rounds awarding
Sefranek with the match win and the $25 per round prize
money. But it’s not to say that it was not a good
match-up. In fact, it was to be an awesome match as in
the first round, Sefranek ran an 11.02 on his 11.20 formulated
index while Wray ripped off a 10.11 on his 10.30, one
hundredth of a second better than Jeff. But in round 2,
Willie's car went quiet at halftrack as he lifted due
to what he thought was a persistent tire shake. As it
turned out, it was a broken crank that was rattling his
cage so Wray was done for the night. Continued
Summer Nationals at Maryland International Raceway
International Drag Bike League presents the 29th
Annual Summer Nationals at Maryland International
Raceway on Friday – Sunday, May 29-31,
event will feature Pro Street, Real Street, 4.60 index,
5.60 Index, Crazy 8s, Top Sportsman, Pro E.T., Street
E.T., and Grudge. There’ll also be a huge vendor
midway full of motorcycle parts, apparel, and accessories.
Street entry fee is $200, Real Street entry fee is $150,
4.60 Index entry fee is $150, 5.60 Index entry fee is
$75, Crazy 8s racer entry fee is $50, Pro E.T. racer entry
fee is 1-day $70 or 2-day $120, Street E.T. entry fee
is 1-day $50 or 2-day $80, Grudge entry fee is $50 per
Friday the gates open at 9:00 am with an Early
Bird Test Session from 10am-5pm for $100 per bike. Friday
evening there will be Test & Tune from 6:30pm - 11pm
for $25 per bike. Gates open Saturday at 8:00
am. Top Sportsman, Pro ET, Street ET, Crazy 8s,
and 5.60 Index will start qualifying at 9am. 4.60 Index,
Pro Street, Real Street, and Grudge will run at 1pm, 4pm,
and 7pm. Pro E.T. and Street E.T. eliminations will start
on Saturday at 2pm. On Sunday the gates open at
8:00 am, and the church service will start at
8:30am. Top Sportsman, Pro E.T., Street E.T., Crazy 8s,
and 5.60 Index will get one time run at 9am so be sure
to arrive early. Eliminations for pro classes will start
at 11:30am, and 12noon for sportsman classes.
for more information.
IHRA Pro-Am Tour Doubleheader June 5-7 at State Capitol Raceway
IHRA’s Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour
Presented By AMSOIL will host a double event on the weekend
of June 5-7 at State Capitol Raceway in Port Allen, Louisiana,
near Baton Rouge.
Capitol Raceway’s gates will open on Friday, June
5, at noon, with tech inspection from 3-9 p.m. Test ‘n’
Tune will be conducted from 5-10 p.m. On Saturday, June
6, gates will open at 7:30 for racers and tech inspection
begins at 8 a.m. Two rounds of time trials will begin at
10 a.m., followed by Pro-Am eliminations. Racer gates will
open Sunday, June 7, at 8 a.m. The single round of qualifying
is slated for 9 a.m.
Capitol Raceway is located at 11436 Highway 190 West in
Port Allen, Louisiana. Elevation is 26 feet. For more information,
Luskville Dragway's Season Open Winners
to Luskville Dragway's Season Opener $1,500 Winners:
Kyle Jessup in Super Pro and Mike
Reynolds in Semi-Pro.
Dragtime News Video: Jerry MacNeish's Stick-Shifted D/S Camaro
Sportsman Weekend at Montgomery Raceway Park
AL - Montgomery Raceway Park hosts a
big event Friday – Sunday, June 5 – 7,
2015 for NHRA Division 2 Sportsman racers at the
LODRS Ultimate Sportsman Weekend. Classes
include Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Competition Eliminator,
Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Super Stock and Stock
Eliminator and 11.0 Index.
makes this LODRS event unique are the Ultimate Sportsman
Shootout races for Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street and
Super Stock/Stock Combo; each class features a $5,000
fees are $100 for Test & Tune, $160 Car & Driver,
$100 Ultimate Sportsman Shootout and $125 for 11.0 Index.
open Thursday, June 4 at noon for parking and a Test &
Tune. Gates open Friday and Saturday at 8:00 am with time
trials at 9:00 am. Eliminations begin on Saturday; gates
open Sunday at 9:30 am with eliminations continuing.
for more info.
4 Ronald’s House at Maple Grove Raceway
PA - Attention racers in the vicinity of Maple
Grove Raceway: keep Saturday, June 6th
open to bring yourself, your race car and hopefully even
a non-racer friend and their street car to the track to
experience what it’s like to race down the quarter-mile
while helping a good cause at the same time. The
Race 4 Ronald’s House returns to The Grove
with its own dedicated day this year. All entry fee proceeds
benefit the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.
include RM1 (beginners in street cars
11.50 ET and slower. Bracket rules apply; no electronics),
RM2 (experienced racers in street cars
or bracket cars 7.50 ET and slower. Must have proper safety
equipment), Motorcycle and a Gambler’s
race ($1,000 purse, must be entered in RM1, RM2
or Motorcycle to join).
fee is $65 regardless of class. Gambler’s Race is
$20 additional. Gates open at 8:00 am, time runs start
at 9:00 am and eliminations start at 1:00 pm. For any
additional information, contact Denny Parisan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Paging Lanes: Numidia Dragway Profiled in Performance
Racing Industry Magazine
happy that our friends at Numidia Dragway
are profiled in the May 2015 issue of Performance
Racing Industry magazine! The article talks with
owner Bob DiMino about his vision for the
track when he purchased it ten years ago and the many improvements
and upgrades he's done since, making it one of the top destinations
for hard-core bracket racers in the entire Northeast. I'm
also proud that PRI used our Dragtime News On Location
photos from a past Numidia event for the article. Read
the entire issue on PRI's website HERE.
Grabs the Wally at Indy
a long harsh Michigan winter, Todd Robertson
and his ProPower Motorsports team were able to blow out
the cob webs and win their first NHRA regional meet at
Indianapolis. “I couldn’t think of a better
way to shake off the winter blues than a win during the
Spectacle of Speed here at Lucas Oil Raceway Park”
stated long time crew man Ed Youness.
In the first qualifying round of Top
Alcohol Funny Car, the Eaton-sponsored team ran a 5.65
@ 255. This landed them in the Number 3 qualifying position,
which they were able to maintain after two additional
qualifying sessions. “We looked at the data from
our runner-up pass at the US Nationals last year, and
the conditions and track were similar so we went with
it and it paid off,” said Team Engineer Jeff Sawruk.
1st round paired Robertson's ProPower’s
Chevrolet Monte Carlo against Ray Drew's Mustang. Robertson
got the hole shot with a 0.021 light to Drew's 0.030
light and held on for the win. 2nd round paired Robertson
against Number 2 qualifier Andy Bohl. Robertson moved
first and took the win as Bohl fought to stay straight.
The Final was then set up to be a battle between Robertson
and Paul Noakes' Mustang. Noakes had qualified number
four and defeated Chris Foster and number one qualifier
Jonnie Lindberg in route to the final, but his Mustang
lost traction early in the run, handing the win to Robertson.
Redline Raceway Joins IHRA, Reopening Targeted For June 1
International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) has announced
Redline Raceway in Caddo Mills, TX (east
of Dallas) has signed a multi-year sanctioning agreement
to join the IHRA as a member track.
The 1/8-mile track is undergoing extensive
improvements. “We’re pouring a lot of concrete
today,” said Redline Raceway owner Mike Adcock.
“We’re replacing the walls and the concrete
on the track. We’re replacing the shutdown area.
The road coming in to the race track is about 500 yards
of concrete by itself. We’ll have new Accutime LED
scoreboards. We’re building a new ET house and putting
in new scales. There are a lot of different things happening
at one time here.”
“I bought the track last March and
it was in really poor shape. The season already was under
way so I let the year finish up. That whole year I knew
what I was going to do. I have a budget of $750,000 this
time. We’re shooting for June 1 as our opening date.”
Raceway is located at 5326 FM 1565 South, Caddo Mills,
Texas. For more information visit www.RedlineRaceway.com.
Slammer Series at Atco Dragway
Dragway’s Doorslammer Series continues on
Saturday, June 6, 2015. This is for doorslammers
that dial between 6.50 and 11.99 in the quarter-mile. The
payout is $1,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $45 Round
starting with 3rd Round lose. Payouts based on 40 cars.
Entry is $80, buybacks are $40. Double entries are allowed.
Gates open at 9:00 am.
Door Slammer Series culminates with the Door Slammer Finals
on Saturday, October 24th. Payout is $5,000 Win, $2,000
Runner-Up, $500 Semis and $75 Round starting with 3rd
Round lose. Payouts based on 80 cars. Entry is $135, buybacks
more information visit www.Atco-Dragway.com.
News On Location: Mid Atlantic .90 and East Coast S/SS at
were on location at Atco Dragway on Saturday,
May 2, 2015 for the first race of the season
of The Mid Atlantic .90 Association and
the East Coast Stock/Super Stock Association.
It was a perfect day for racing and the competition was
tight. The Mid Atlantic .90 Association is for 8.90 Super
Comp, 9.90 Super Gas and 10.90 Super Street. The East
Coast Stock / Super Stock Association is for NHRA-legal
Stockers and Super Stockers. Part
II is now up HERE,
or start with Part I HERE.
Atlantic .90 Association - Weekend Wrap-Up
Saturday, May 2, Jay Neville (Super Street),
Brenda Hunter (Super Gas) and Kevin
Scholl (Super Comp) claimed victory and on Sunday
Keith Mayers (Super Street), George
Stack (Super Gas) and Jeff Livezey Sr.
(Super Comp) added their names to the 2015 winners list.
On Saturday Franklinville, NJ resident Jay Neville took
his 79 Camaro to victory over 2014 Champ Keith Mayers.
Neville took the advantage at the tree (.016 vs. .027)
and lead all the way down the strip for a 10.935 to 10.942
victory. In Super Gas, York, PA resident Brenda Hunter
took her 63 Corvette to victory over Bob Keister's Nova
Wagon. Keister gave it away on the starting line as he
went -.003 red and Hunter ran it out to a 9.858 victory.
In Super Comp Kevin Scholl claimed victory for the late
Scott Weney as he took his S&W Dragster to victory
over Matt Schapiro. In a thrilling final both drivers
were on their games as Scholl took a (.015 to .016) lead
at the start and won by three-thousandths 8.907 to 8.909.
Sunday event number 2 of the ten race series was held.
In Super Street Mayers out of Salisbury, Md was looking
to redeem his runner-up finish from event # 1. Mayers
would take his 1985 Porsche to a (.021 to .058) advantage
over Kelli Barbato and her 1968 Camaro and hold onto the
victory with a 10.908 to 10.830 decision. In Super Gas
George Stack came back from a nine year hiatus to claim
victory over 2014 Champ Matt Schurman. Stack took a (.015
to .025) advantage at the line and parlayed that into
a 9.907 to 9.905 holes hot victory. In Super Comp Philadelphia,
Pa runner Jeff Livezey Sr. climbed back into the seat
after some time off and took home the victory over Ash
Senft. Livezey Sr. took a (.021 to .043) advantage over
Senft and claimed the victory with a 8.920 to 8.894 result
Coast Stock/Super Stock Association - Weekend Wrap-Up
round, Saturday, May 2:
Bud McNasby 1989 Camaro K/SA (12.05) .029
12.088 @ 99.61
Kent Hanley 1994 Cavalier GT/BA (9.44)
.167 9.438 @ 136.47
Finalist :Jerry Noonan 2015 COPO FS/C
round, Sunday, May 3:
Win: Lincoln Morehead 1990 GT/FA Camaro
(10.05) .024 10.052 @ 120.41
Runner-Up: Lee Zane 1969 H/SA Camaro
(11.32) .013 11.305 @ 113.35
Finalist : Richard Preiser 1967 SS/AS
photos: Rob Keister)
Improvements at Cordova International Raceway
next event on the 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series schedule
is the May 29-30 Summer Nationals at Cordova International
Raceway in Cordova, Illinois and major improvements
are under way at CIR as the facility prepares for the event.
has begun on the quarter-mile drag strip, and paving, orchestrated
by General Asphalt Construction of Davenport, Iowa, is scheduled
for Wednesday. The shutdown area and return road also are
scheduled for resurfacing.
been a number of years since the track has been repaved
and the new surface is likely to provide the opportunity
for record-breaking runs,” said CIR General Manager
Bobbi Jo Cox. “We’re also doing cosmetic work
and painting to many of our buildings.” The old wooden
bleachers are giving way to a new, 2,000-seat aluminum grandstand.
International Raceway is located at 19425 IL Rt.
84 N, Cordova, Illinois. For more information visit www.cordovadrag.com.
Weekend Shootout at Numidia Dragway
Dragway’s 10th Annual Memorial Weekend Shootout
is coming up Saturday – Monday, May 23rd –
25th 2015. Each day features a $5K-To-Win
Super Pro race and a $3K-To-Win Pro
race. $5K entry fees are $150 per day; buybacks are $90 per
day. $3K entry fees are $90 per day; buybacks are $60 per
Dragway is "Home of the Guaranteed Payout.” These
races will be door cars vs. door cars / dragsters vs. dragsters
to the ladder round. Win 2nd round and get paid. There’ll
also be 1/8th Mile High Rollers in Super Pro, Footbrake
open to first 16 cars to enter. Call Vinny @ 570-351-5300
to sign up.
2 drivers may enter the same car, but 1 driver cannot enter
the same car twice in the same class, 1 driver may enter
2 different cars. All buybacks run each other with winner
advancing to round 2. All payouts are guaranteed. Door cars
and dragsters separate to the ladder round, 1 bye run per
round (in the case of uneven amount of door cars, last door
car runs first dragster). Door cars and dragster separate
in buybacks, winning door cars can run door cars in round
2. Ladders will be generated at 16 cars or less. A new ladder
will be generated each round. Best reaction time from the
previous round will be #1 on the ladder and will receive
bye if uneven amount of cars. Only 1 earned bye per race.
Bye runs do not carry over. Any questions regarding tech
or rules contact Vinny @ 570-351-5300.
Friday is open for parking all day. Saturday gates open
at 10:00 am, open time runs from 11:00 am-1:30 pm, final
time session 2:00 pm. Eliminations to follow. High Roller
Races after Main Event. Sunday gates open at 9:00 am. Open
time runs 10:00 am – noon. Final time session 12:30
pm. Eliminations to follow. Monday gates open at 8:00 am;
one time trial at 10:00 am. Eliminations to follow
more information visit www.NumidiaDragway.com.
John” Memorial Bracket Nationals at Rockingham Dragway
NC - Rockingham Dragway presents its
"Big John" Memorial Weekend Bracket Nationals
on Friday May 22nd – Monday May 25th, 2015
with big money races for Top ET, Mod/Sportsman, and Jr. Dragster.
MAY 23rd and MONDAY, MAY 25th: Top ET pays $5,000
Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, and $50 Round after 3rd
Round win. Jr. Dragster pays $500 Win, $150 Runner-Up, $50
Semis, and $25 Quarters. SUNDAY MAY 25th:
Top ET PAYS $7,500 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis,
$100 Round after 3rd Round win. Jr. Dragster pays $1,000
Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $50 Quarters. ALL
DAYS: Mod/Sportsman pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up,
$100 Semis, $50 Quarters, and $25 Eighths. Also, the dialy
Top ET and Mod/Sportsman winners will run-off to win an
FEES: Top ET is $100 each on Saturday and Monday,
with $50 buy backs 1st or 2nd round. Top ET is $200 on Sunday,
with $100 buy backs 1st or 2nd round. Enter the weekend
for $300. Mod/Sportsman is free entry all weekend, with
$30 buy backs 1st or 2nd round each day. Jr. Dragster weekend
entry is $100, with $25 buy backs on Saturday and Monday,
and $50 buy backs on Sunday.
Gates open 3:00 pm on Friday for a Test & Tune beginning
at 5:00 pm. Gates open 8:00 am Saturday – Monday.
For more information visit www.rockinghamdragway.com.
Series Shootout at Atco Dragway
Dragway’s Summer Series Shootout is coming
up Memorial Day Weekend, Friday May 22nd –
Sunday May 24th, 2015. These quarter-mile gambler’s
races are for dials of 6.50 – 12.99. Electronics OK.
The payouts for Friday’s and
Sunday’s races are $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up,
$800 Semis, $400 Quarters (if 8 round race) and $75 Round
starting with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $150 per day, buybacks
are $95. Saturday’s race pays $10,000 Win,
$3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters (if
8 round race) and $100 Round starting with 3rd Round loser.
Entry is $200, buybacks are $125.
Gates open Friday at 11:00 am with time
trials at 1:00 pm. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 9:00
am with time trials at 10:00 am. For more information visit
Classic at Mt. Park Dragway
City, KY - Racers in the vicinity of Mt.
Park Dragway should put the track’s Memorial
Classic on their calendars for Friday
– Sunday, May 22nd – 24th, 2015.
The Memorial Classic is three days of 1/8th-mile big bucks
racing for Top ET (delay box) and Modified ET (no delay
and Sunday’s Top ET races each pay $5,000 Win,
$1,000 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $150 Quarters and $80
Eighths. Entry for either day is $100, or buy a 2-day
entry for $180. Buybacks are $50. Payouts based on 75
and Sunday’s Modified ET races each pay $1,000
Win, $500 Runner-Up, $160 Semis and $80 Quarters. Entry
for either day is $50, or buy a 2-day entry for $90.
Buybacks are $30. Payouts based on 35 cars.
also be 32 Car Shootouts on Saturday and Sunday as well
as Heads-Up Fast 4s. Gates open Friday at 4:00 pm, with
a Box/No Box Gambler’s Race at 9:00 pm. Gates
open Saturday at 10:00 am with time runs at noon, gates
open Sunday at 9:00 am with time runs at 11:00 am. For
more info visit www.MPDragway.com.
8 Pro Mods and Stick Shift Nationals at Farmington Dragway
NC - Farmington Dragway has two big
events in a single day on Saturday May 23rd, 2015: the 2015
Quick 8 Pro Mod Reunion & Race and The
Stick Shift Nationals.
The Quick 8 Pro Mod is ‘run whatcha
brung,’ nitrous, blower, turbo, or all motor, while
the Stick Shift Nationals will showcase the best stick-shift
racers around. There’ll also be races for Top ET,
Footbrake, Street ET and Jr. Dragsters.
Gates open at 8:00 am with time runs at
11:00 am, Quick 8 Qualifying at 12:00 noon, 1:30 pm and
3:00 pm and first round at 5:00 pm. Visit www.farmingtondragway.com
for more info.
Pro Mod Showdown In The Swamp
FL - The weather at Palm Beach International Raceway
was perfect for the recent Pro Mod Showdown.
Temperatures ranged from low in the 70s and highs in the
80s, with little to no humidity. During the weekend's race
several teams had mechanical failures sending them to the
haulers quicker then expected. Only one foul took place
in any of the classes during the final round, yielding head
to head action for the wins.
Pro Mod qualifying it was Rubin Tetsoshvili
of Wesley Chapel, Fla. taking the No. 1 position with a
pass of 3.986, 196.53 mph. In Round 1 of eliminations Tetsoshvili
got a bye run advancing him onto the semi finals where he
faced Todd Abrams of West Palm Beach, Fla. Tesoshvili again
got the win light moving him into a final. John Benoit from
Montpelier, Vt. faced off against Port St. Lucie, Fla. native,
Mike Iania during the semi finals. Unfortunately for Iania
his '68 Chevy Camaro broke giving Benoit victory. During
the final, Tetsoshvili ran a 4.327, 141.31 mph but it was
Benoit taking the win light after running 4.259, 177.07
qualifying, it was Jeff Ensslin of Lakeland, Fla. driving
his '37 Chevy "Still Doin Time" to the top spot
with the low ET of 4.461, 157.85 mph. Ensslin was later
knocked out during the semi finals by Greg "Racin"
Cason from Lexington, Ky. During the finals, Cason faced
off against Jason Juday of Lutz, Fla. Close start off the
line from both drivers, Cason with a .108 RT to that of
Juday's .079 RT. At the top end of the 660 is was Juday
taking victory with a pass of 4.524, 156.15 mph to that
of Cason at 4.540, 159.99 mph.
1 of Outlaw 632 eliminations started off
with a single run for the No. 1 qualifier Troy Blake from
West Palm Beach, Fla. Blake took his '69 Camaro to the finals
facing off against Royal Palm Beach, Fla. native Heather
Carter. Blake took victory running a 4.542, 160.06 mph to
Carter's 4.929, 127.10 mph.
Ultra Street class it was the '79 Malibu
Wagon of Eric Kenward from Vero Beach, Fla. with a dominating
performance. In qualifying, Kenward ran 5.050, 139.6 mph
to take the top spot. For the finals Kenward faced up against
Ari Birchfield from Hollywood, Fla. Birchfield beat Kenward
on the reaction time but at the top end it was Kenward laying
down a 5.065, 139.62 mph pass to take the victory.
5.50 Index class yielded close times with
all the racers running near that 5.50 mark. Scott Kervern
from Boynton Beach, Fla. proved to be closest to the number
throughout all three rounds. Kerven ran a 5.515, 124.20
mph in round 1 and 5.519, 123.56 mph during round two. In
the finals Kervern faced off against Wade Gullet from Ft.
Lauderdale, Fla. Gullett red lighted at the tree giving
the victory to Kernern who ran a 5.524, 124.22 mph.
Motorsports Outlaw Spring Nationals at Mooresville Dragway
NC - Mooresville Dragway welcomes
the Inaugural Holcomb Motorsports Outlaw Spring
Nationals Friday - Sunday, May 15th- 17th, 2015.
Classes include Outlaw 275 ($5,000 Win),
No Time/Grudge Shootout ($5,000 Win), X275
($4,000 Win), True Street ($3,000 Win),
SSCA Pure Street ($1,200 Win), 4.70
Outlaws ($3,000 Win), 6.0 and 7.0 Index
classes ($1,200.00 win), Pro Tree Doorslammers
($1,500.00 Win Saturday / $1,000 Win Sunday), and Footbrake
($1000 Win on Saturday and Sunday).
The action gets started on Friday with
a Test N Tune session until 6:00 pm, then 1st Round of
Qualifying for the Heads Up classes plus a Pro Tree Gamblers
race with 80 % payback. The event will also feature a
Vendor Row as well as a huge Swap Meet and Car Corral
For more info go to www.holcombmotorsports.com
Super Chevy at Southwestern International Raceway
AZ - Southwestern International Raceway™ (SWIR)
welcomed the return of the Super Chevy Show
on May 2nd-3rd as thousands of people gathered for the two-day
event. The event was highlighted by bracket racing, a car
show, swap meet, vendor midway and a pro show that featured
funny cars and jet cars.
Local racers came out for a chance to take home a coveted
Super Chevy Show trophy and prize money after the event had
been absent from the schedule for a decade. The bracket racing
action was fierce, with Super Pro/Box, Pro/No Box classes
and a street class. Brian Lopez from Tucson,
Ariz. took the win from Robert Hall in the Super Pro/Box class
when he ran a 10.007 second pass at 134.35 mph. Chuck
Sorrensen was the winner in the Pro/No Box class
on Sunday when he defeated Ken Passerby with an 11.213 second
pass at 104.09 mph. Lastly, Dennis Ward went
up against Jim Peterson in the Street class final round. Ward
landed in the winner's circle with a 17.094 second run at
In addition, the California Independent Funny Car Association
joined the action with nine full-blown alcohol Funny Cars.
It came down to Ron Ward and Andy
Mears in the final round with Ward walking away victorious.
This marked his first victory for Urban Legend Racing running
a 7.606 second pass at 181.11 mph with a .034 reaction time.
Participants in the car show had multiple opportunities to
shine as Super Chevy Magazine and a TV crew were on site to
capture the return of the event at SWIR. Three individuals
were presented with Producers Awards - Nancy Camp won the
"OPGI" Original Award, Dean Newman won the Duracell
"Crank it with the CopperTop" Award and Trish Williams
won the RockAuto "Restored" Award. Super Chevy Magazine
handed out 10 Editor's Picks and the winners included - Spud
Hester, Claudia Jierson, Ron Greulich, Bill Myers, David Elmer,
Kevin Murray, Alan Mitchell, William Adams, Ted Dorman and
Herb and Diana Santa Maria. For complete car show results,
"We enjoyed hosting the Super Chevy Show again at Southwestern
International Raceway," stated Charlie Harmon, GM of
SWIR. "The show is so rich in history and it was great
to have it back at our facility. Everyone had a great time
and this event is something we'd like to see return here for
many years to come."
For more information about upcoming events at SWIR, visit
New on Readers' Rides: Mark Ballard's Blown 1958 Chevrolet
of the things that I love so much about grass-roots racing
is the unique varieties of cars that racers build for competition,
and this one of the most unique I’ve seen: the blown
1958 Chevrolet Delray 2-door wagon of Mark Ballard.
from Tucson AZ, is an Aircraft Maintenance Manager for Universal
Avionics and races the Delray with the American
DRAGCAR Series as well in No Box, Pro and Nostalgia
events in the Southwest...
on the Readers' Ride page...
Texas Buick Nationals at The River
TX – Attention to our Buick-racing friends in the
Southwest: Little River Dragway and The
Lone Star Performance Buick Club present the Central
Texas Buick Nationals on Saturday, May
fees are $10 for a tech card and another $10 if you want
to enter the Gambler’s race. Sorry, no info about
classes or payouts.
open at 12:00 noon with time trials at 1:00 pm and eliminations
at 5:00 pm. For more information, visit www.LittleRiverDragway.com.
Performance Products Racer Appreciation Day at Maple Grove
2015 Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail ET Bracket Racing Series
at Maple Grove Raceway kicks off Saturday May 9th.
As part of the opener, the ATI Performance Products
Racer Appreciation Day will be part of the action,
where all entrants will race for increased cash purses
guaranteed by ATI Performance Products with no increase
in entry fees.
Super Pro will pay $2,500 Win,
$500 Runner-Up and $60 Round starting 3rd Round.
Super Pro entry is $75. Pro ET will pay $1,500
Win, $500 Runner-Up and $40 Round starting
with 3rd Round. Pro entry is $55. Street ET
will pay $500 Win, $175 Runner-Up and $30 Round
starting 3rd Round. Street entry is $40. Top
Bike will pay $500 Win, $125 Runner-Up and
$40 Round starting 3rd Round. Top Bike entry is $45.
11.50 Index Class will take place during Racer Appreciation
Day to determine the two Maple Grove Raceway entrants
for the eight car showcase during the Toyota Summer
Nationals at Old Bridge Raceway Park in New Jersey,
Gates for the ATI Performance Racer Appreciation Day
open at 8:00 am, with time trials beginning at 9:00
am. Eliminations will follow 2 time trials. For more
information visit www.maplegroveraceway.com.
Summit Super Series on Saturday, May 9
Beach International Raceway’s ET Bracket program
on Saturday May 9th will include Quick 16
Door Car and Quick 16 Dragster.
16 Door Car and Quick 16 Dragster are separate eliminators;
each pays $1,100 Win, $400 Runner-Up and $150 Semis. Tech
Card $125; complete 16-car field required for full payout.
on the program are Top ET (Box), Super ET (No Box), Street
Bike and Jr. Dragster. Top Eliminator pays $1,000 Win, $400
Runner-Up, $125 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry is $50, buybacks
are $25. Super ET pays $800 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $125 Semis
and $50 Quarters. Entry is $40, buybacks are $20. Street
Bike pays 50% Win, 25% Runner-Up. Entry is $30, buybacks
are $15. Jr. Dragster pays $150 Win, $100 Runner-Up and
$25 Semis. Entry is $20, buybacks are $10.
open at 3:00 pm, time runs start at 5:00 pm. For more information
In With Florida Nitro FC Racer Michael Harrigan
friend Michael Harrigan of Wildcard
Racing in Florida checked in with The Dragtime
News to give an update on his Duster-bodied Nitro
Funny Car. Michael writes, “We finally got the body
done the week before Nitro Jam at Palm Beach International
Raceway. We made it to the race but gremlins kept us from
making it to either qualifying session. The fuel shut-off
had a bad O-ring, then the timing wasn't right and when we
were warming up for Q2 a rear caliper broke.”
an experienced racer, Michael knows the first time out can
uncover issues that need to be addressed so he kept a positive
attitude by saying “had the caliper broke on track,
then that would have been really bad. There’s always
next time.” Michael and Wildcard Racing are looking
forward to racing at the Maryland and Tennessee Nitro Jams,
and thanks the sponsors Aeromotive, Florida Brake and Truck
Parts, SG Fabrications and Paul Richards Racing.
Dragway’s May 9th Double-Hitter
May 9th, 2015 will be the Double-Hitter at
Gulfport Dragway for the track’s ET
bracket racers. With two races in one day for Pro Electronics
and Pro Footbrake, you’ll have double the chances while
getting some early-season seat-time.
Each class pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up,
$100 Semis and $40 Quarters. Entry is $40; buybacks are
$20. There’ll also be a single Jr. Dragster race in
the morning that pays $150 Win, $60 Runner-Up, $40 Semis
and $20 Quarters. Entry is $20; buybacks are $10.00.
trials start at 9:00 am with eliminations immediately following.
for more information.
Mopars Down at The Farm
30th Annual Piedmont Mopar’s Fun Run is coming
up on Saturday, May 9th, 2015 at
event includes a swap meet, a judged car show, a car corral
and, of course, drag racing on the Farmington 1/8-mile strip.
Classes include Top ET, Footbrake and Street.
ET (0.00 – 7.99 dials, electronics OK) pays $600 Win,
$200 Runner-Up and $75 Semis. Entry is $25, 1st
and 2nd Round buybacks are $20. Footbrake (all run,
no electronics) pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up
and $50 Semis. Entry is $25, 1st and 2nd Round buybacks
are $20. Street pays trophies to the winner, runner-up
and semis. Entry is $10, 1st and 2nd Round buybacks are
Gates open at 8:00 am, time trials at 10:30 am and eliminations
start at 3:00 pm. For more information visit www.FarmingtonDragway.com.
Jack Beckman Thinks About John Force
was recently invited to participate in a media conference
call with John Force Racing. Although I
was not able to attend, I was sent a transcript of the call
after it was completed. Prior to the start of John Force's
Q&A session, Funny Car driver Jack Beckman
was asked about his personal highlight of the season. He
offered some thoughts on John Force. I felt this was a great
quote that sums up how Force is viewed through the eyes
of his competitors:
want to say one more thing. I know John Force doesn't like
to get his back patted here. But I wish sometime, and you
have to ask his brother Walker, because John will never take
credit for this, if you asked him to briefly list some of
the stuff, it would take four hours to do, the things that
John does for fans and other racers, and never wants any credit
for that. I also got to say this. Maybe one of the highlights
of my career, it's something I can't wait to tell my grandkids,
is that I got to race against John Force. In baseball, you
have a pretty limited career because of your physical capabilities.
In drag racing, guys like (indiscernible) has proved that
if you take care of your eyes you can stay in a car till an
advanced age. At 65, John is still the toughest Funny Car
driver out there. There's no question in my mind there's a
little bit extra when John Force is in the other lane. Because
you can compete at different ages in this sport, it would
be like a Little League player getting to grow up and play
against Babe Ruth. John, I want you to know how much it means
to so many of the other racers out there that you're still
coming out and fighting the fight, doing the things you're
doing." - Jack Beckman.
(photo: Gary Nastase)
War Of The World at Montgomery Raceway Park
you’re in the vicinity of Montgomery, AL and love
grudge racing, then get to Montgomery Raceway Park
on Saturday, May 9th for the War
Of The World: The Dirty South Outlaws vs. The New No Limit.
There’ll be $100,000 worth of all-out grudge racing
on the line.
also be 6.0 and 7.0 Index racing. 6.0 Index pays $1,200
with a 10-car minimum. 7.0 Index pays $1,000 with a 10-car
minimum. Each class has a $40 entry.
open at 12:00 noon. For more information visit www.MontgomeryRacewayPark.com.
Atlantic .90 Association Kicks Off 2015 Season at Atco Dragway
on May 2 & 3
Mid Atlantic .90 Association gets its 2015 season
underway Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3 at Atco Dragway
in Atco, NJ. The series will once again consist of 10 races
on 5 weekends ranging from tracks including Atco Dragway,
Maple Grove Raceway and Cecil County Dragway. As always the
series will consist of the three Super classes: Super Comp
(8.90), Super Gas (9.90) and Super Street (10.90).
Atco race is the 2nd Annual Spring Kick-Off. After taking
a weekend off for Mother's Day the series then travels to
Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, PA for the 6th Annual Sportsman
Circuit Shootout. This will be a great warm-up for those
attending the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Maple
Grove the following weekend. After a two month break the
series gets back into action at Cecil County Dragway in
Rising Sun, MD for the 22nd Annual Uncle Buck Memorial "Pig
Roast" on July 11th & 12th.
25th & 26th the series goes back to Atco for events
# 7 & 8. Just like at Maple Grove this will be a great
test and tune weekend for those who are planning on attending
the Lucas Oil event at Atco the following weekend. The series
will then close out the 2015 season back at Cecil County
on August 29th & 30th for the Annual Season Finale &
Mid Atlantic .90 Associaition news, VP Racing Fuels
in association with Road Runner Racing Fuels
out of Mohnton, Pa have signed an agreement to become the
title right sponsor of the Mid Atlantic .90 Association
for the 2015 season. With this agreement of a title right
sponsor this will allow the series to have guaranteed payouts
for the complete 2015 season. President Rob Keister said
"This series has been growing over the years and I
feel this is a huge step for us to take that next step into
the future." The Mid Atlantic .90 Association is a
series that runs mostly on the Northeast and features the
classes of Super Comp / Quick Rod (8.90), Super Gas / Super
Rod (9.90) & Super Street / Hot Rod (10.90). They run
at tracks such as Atco Dragway, Maple Grove Raceway &
Cecil County Dragway.
information on all three series please contact Rob Keister
Info for all three series can be found at www.midatlantic90.com.
2015 Spring Fling at Thunder Valley
TN - Racers, one of the biggest, baddest bracket
races of the entire 2015 season in the entire country
is just a few short weeks away. It’s the
K&N 5-Day Spring Fling, and it’s coming
to Thunder Valley, Bristol Dragway Tuesday –
Sunday, May 12 -17, 2015.
This mega-money race features a $15K
and three $20Ks! The $15K is on Wednesday and
pays $15,000 Win, $3,500 Runner-Up, $1,200
Semis, $600 6th Round Win, $450 5th Round Win, $300
4th Round Win and $200 3rd Round Win. Entry is $175.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
each feature a $20K race that pays $20,000 Win, $5,000
Runner-Up, $2,000 Semis, $800 6th Round Win,
$600 5th Round Win, $400 4th Round Win and $200 3rd
Round Win. Enter any single $20K for $250, or take advantage
of the 3-Day Special: $650 gets you into all three $20Ks.
1st Round buybacks are $150. Buybacks are not guaranteed
to happen; they are only if time permits.
All racing is in 1,000 feet. A car can
only go down the track once per round; no sharing cars,
no double-entering the same car, but one driver may
drive two different cars.
Gates open Tuesday at 11:00 am for parking
and tech. Gates open Wednesday at 7:00 am with a time
run session at 8:30 am. Gates open Thursday at 7:00
am with a time run session at 8:00 am. Gates open Friday
at 7:00 am with a time run session (time permitting)
at 8:15 am. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am.
For more information, visit www.BracketRaces.com.
Folk at Maryland International Raceway
Creek, MD - The two-day Mountain Motor Nationals
are coming up May 8-9, 2015 at Maryland International
Raceway. Classes include supercharged, turbocharged
and nitrous Pro Mods, stock-bodied, no wheelie bars Outlaw
Drag Radial, X275 and Ultra Street.
Mountain Motor Nationals also includes twin $5K races for
Top ET that pay $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up and $750 Semis.
The purse on this race also includes round money at $100
per round starting with 2nd round winners. Entry fee is
$126 and buybacks are $80.
open Friday at 3:00 pm; Top ET time trials start at 4:00
pm and eliminations start at 6:30 pm. Gates open Saturday
at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Eliminations start
at 1:30 pm. For more information visit www.racemdir.com.
Chevy at Southwestern International Raceway
AZ - The Super Chevy Show is returning
to Southwestern International Raceway (SWIR)
for the first time in over a decade on May 2 - 3, 2015. The
prestigious two-day event will feature drag racing, a car
show, swap meet, midway, an old-school display of nitro power
funny cars, two jet cars and a free Revell Make N' Take activity
SWIR is the third stop on the 12-event series tour across
the country and is the premier national event for all Chevrolet
enthusiasts; offering something for everyone. The Super Chevy
Show is widely considered the best brand-specific event in
the country and is open to Chevy-bodied or powered cars, including
all GM brands.
Bracket racing action will feature high-powered excitement
with Super Pro/Box and Pro/No Box classes running on both
days and also a street class, which requires DOT tires and
mufflers. Also, participants and fans can shop the manufacturers'
midway for the best in new Chevy aftermarket performance parts
or the swap meet for those hard-to-find restoration pieces.
Drag Race Entry Fee
Weekend: Box/No Box $100.00 Car & Driver
Sun. Only: Box/No Box $100.00 Car & Driver
Weekend: Street ET $50.00 Car & Driver
Sun. Only: Street ET $25.00 Car & Driver
Box/No Box - 1st round buy back $40.00
Street ET -1st round buy back $10.00
Drag Race Purse Payouts - BOX (Sunday)
$1000.00 1st - Box
$400.00 2nd - Box
$150.00 Semi's based on 16+ Cars
$ 75.00 1Z4 based on 20+ Cars
Drag Race Purse Payouts - NO BOX (Sunday)
$1000.00 1st - Box
$400.00 2nd - Box
$150.00 Semi's based on 16+ Cars
$ 75.00 1Z4 based on 20+ Cars
Drag Race Purse Payouts - STREET (Sunday)
May 2 and Sunday May 3 - Gates Open 9 a.m., Time
Trials and Car Show Judging begin at 10 a.m., Gamblers Eliminations
For more information, please visit www.RaceSWIR.com.
IHRA Nitro Jam Palm Beach Nationals
annual IHRA Nitro Jam Palm Beach Nationals concluded
on Sunday, April 25th 2015 at Palm Beach International
Raceway in Jupiter, Florida. Pro category winners
included Florida’s Jimmy Keen (Pro
Mod), Mike McIntire Jr. (Nitro Funny Car),
John Montecalvo (Pro Stock), defending Nitro
Harley champion Jay Turner and Marisha
Falk (Jet Dragster).
Keen, of Parish, Florida, defeated Dina Parise in the first
round Pro Mod eliminations, then topped Bill Lutz in the semi-final
to face Bradenton Nitro Jam winner Isaias Rojas. Rojas’
2006 Cobalt suffered mechanical failure at the starting line
and Keen singled for the win.
John Montecalvo dispatched Kevin Bealko and Trevor Eman in
order to face Matt Bertsch in the Pro Stock final. Montecalvo
posted a slightly better reaction time and reached the finish
line first at just over 222 miles per hour. Montecalvo traveled
back to New York State after winning the Bradenton Nitro Jam
to tend to his paving business and then flew to West Palm
Beach for this weekend’s contest.
Jay Turner, IHRA’s 2014 Nitro Harley champion, defeated
Bradenton bike winner Randal Andras in the first round. He
took on Alvin Kobernusz in the semi-final and took out fellow
North Carolinian Tracy Kile in the final round.
Marisha Falk scored her first Jet Dragster victory of the
2015 campaign over a five-car field.
MOD - final round
Winner: Jimmy Keen (Parrish, Florida) 1963 Corvette .071
6.330 sec./166.37 mph
Runner-up: Isaias Rojas (San Juan, Puerto Rico) 2006 Cobalt
PRO STOCK - final round
Winner: John Montecalvo (Center Moriches, New York) 2014
Camaro .038 6.317 sec./222.91 mph
Runner-up: Matt Bertsch (Tecumseh, Michigan) 2007 Mustang
.043 6.366 sec./220.30 mph
HARLEY - final round
Winner: Jay Turner (Julian, North Carolina) .059
6.926 201.07 mph
Runner-up: Tracy Kile (Asheville, North Carolina) .082 8.128
JET DRAGSTER - final round
Winner: Marisha Falk (Port Orange, Florida) .158
5.862 sec./272.61 mph
Runner-up: Elaine Larsen (West Melbourne, Florida) -.031
(foul) 5.876 sec./273.77 mph
NITRO FUNNY CAR - final round
Winner: Mike McIntire Jr. (Mentor, Ohio) 1970 Camaro
“McAttack” .085 5.940 sec./108.33 mph
Runner-up: Mike Smith (Boynton Beach, Florida) 1975 Vega
“Jungle Jim” .132 12.672 sec./64.57 mph
Civil Wars at The Rock
NC - The Roush Yates Spring Civil Wars hits
Rockingham Dragway May 1st – 3rd, 2015
for a weekend of outlaw racing action. Classes include
Outlaw True Street Drags (new for 2015). This class
will race on the ¼ mile using a .500 Pro tree. Cars
must have true DOT street tires (10.5 max width), tags and
mufflers. Win light only (no times will be shown). $500 Winner
Take All + the winner gets a trophy. Single day entry is $25,
or enter both days for $40. Also new for 2015 is the 4.70
Outlaw Top Sportsman class.
also be Pro Tree Doorslammers ($1,500 Win on Saturday, $1,000
Win on Sunday), Footbrake ($1,500 Win on Saturday, $2,000
Win on Sunday), Open Comp ($1,000 Win on both Saturday and
Sunday), 5.30, 6.0 and 7.0 Index on Saturday and 6.0 / 7.0
Combo Index on Sunday (Sunday payout is $1,000 Win based
on 32 cars).
more info visit www.rockinghamdragway.com.
Sportsman Results From IHRA Nitro Jam Southern Nationals
round results from the IHRA Summit Racing Pro-Am
Tour sportsman categories at Bradenton Motorsports
Park in Bradenton, FL (including Driver, Hometown, Vehicle,
Reaction Time, Dial-In, Elapsed Time And Top Speed):
Good Vibrations Top Sportsman
Winner: John Taylor (Naples, Florida) "1999 Haas
Pro Stock" .006, 4.88, 4.929 @ 140.16
Runner-up: Bill Powell (Stuart, Florida) 2010 Cobalt .067,
4.83, 4.840 @ 143.03
Good Vibrations Top Dragster
Winner: Tim Butler (Sarasota, Florida) 2012 American .015,
4.90, 4.919 @ 139.23
Runner-up: Claude Debonis (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) 2008
Worthy .016, 4.70, 4.719 @ 143.42
Winner: Mark Nowicki (Holmes Beach, Florida) 1998 Avenger
.035, 6.03, 6.017 @ 109.26
Runner-up: Jeff Adkinson (Damascus, Georgia) 2000 Firebird
.032, 6.51, 6.483 @ 105.82
Winner: Kenneth Anderson (Lake Worth, Florida) Camaro
.041, 8.00, 8.004 @ 83.31
Runner-up: Fred Rowntree (Parrish, Florida) 1968 Camaro
-.132 (foul), 6.66, 6.673 @ 100.14
Winner: John Brannen (Dunedin, Floida) 2010 Phamtom .005,
5.70, 5.726 @ 133.96
Runner-up: Mark Miles (Flintstone, Georgia) 2011 Mullis
.028, 5.70, 5.682 @ 133.23
Winner: Carl Watts (Alabaster, Alabama) 1989 Cavalier
.022, 6.40, 6.426 @ 122.23
Runner-up: Michael Ruff (Orlando, Florida) 1967 Camaro
.016, 6.40, 6.450 @ 117.69
Hot Rod (Publisher's
note: look at the numbers on this one!)
Winner: Keith Bowers (Palm Bay, Florida) 1967 Barracuda
.010, 7.00, 7.041 @ 111.11
Runner-up: Mike Desio (Seminole, Florida) 1967 Nova .010,
7.00, 7.047 @ 109.91
Winner: Tim Butler (Sarasota, Florida) Camaro .016, 6.14,
6.160 @ 110.21
Runner-up: Max Nuebler III (Sarasota, Florida) .071, 8.66,
8.668 @ 79.29
Winner: James Bunner Jr. (Bushnell, Florida) 1981 Camaro
.006, 6.69, 6.703 @ 101.84
Runner-up: Joe Davide (Seminole, Florida) Dragster .15,
4.83, 4.818 @ 143.26
Index (adjusted for the 1/8th mile)
Winner: Gerry Vizzo (Land O' Lakes, Florida) 1967 Chevy
II .116, 7.25, 7.287 @ 87.95
Runner-up: Paul Vizzo (Land O' Lakes, Florida) 1966 Chevy
II .100, 7.25, 7.433 @ 89.83
Top ET $5Ks at Maryland International’s Mountain Motor
Creek, MD - Attention Top ET drivers, mark your calendars
for the Mountain Motor Nationals on Friday
& Saturday, May 8 & 9, 2015 at Maryland
International Raceway. This event will feature
a $5,000-To-Win Top ET Gambler's Race each day; Runner-Up
pays $2,000 and Semis pays $750. The purse on this race
also includes round money at $100 per round starting with
2nd round winners. Entry fee is $126 and buybacks are $80.
open Friday at 3:00 pm; Top ET time trials start at 4:00
pm and eliminations start at 6:30 pm. Gates open Saturday
at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Eliminations
start at 1:30 pm. Visit www.RaceMDIR.com
for more information.
New York Super Rod Ass'n Announces 2015 Schedule
Tread City Tire / Western New York Super Rod Association
(WNYSRA), which is entering its second season
and showcases some of the best sportsman drag racing competition
in the Northeast, has announced its schedule for the 2015
in 2014, the WNYSRA schedule will be comprised of eight
races; six at Empire Dragway in Leicester, NY, and two
at Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario, Canada.
The season opener on the last weekend in May will feature
a double-event at Empire Dragway, while Toronto Motorsports
Park will host a double-event on Labor Day weekend,
with the winner of the race on Saturday, September 5th
being awarded a prestigious NHRA “Wally”.
Phil Harnden, co-founder of the WNYSRA stated, “Jason
(Oldfield) and I are very proud to announce the Western
New York Super Rod Association schedule for the 2015
season. We had a very successful inaugural season, but
we are going to build off of that to have an even better
2015. We think everyone will be excited about the addition
of our second double race weekend.” The 2015 schedule
for the Western New York Super Rod Association is:
May 30 - 31: Empire Dragway
- June 13: Empire Dragway
- July 18: Empire Dragway
- August 15: Empire Dragway
- September 5 – 6 (Labor Day Weekend): Toronto
- October 3: Empire Dragway
Tread City Tire / Western New York Super Rod Association
was founded to provide an outlet for some of the best
heads-up, Pro-tree competitors in western New York,
southern Ontario, and northwestern Pennsylvania to compete
in one of the longest running sportsman drag racing
categories, IHRA's Super Rod or NHRA's Super Gas. For
more information, visit the WNYSRA website at www.wnysra.com.
American DRAGCAR at Wild Horse Pass, April 4th, 2015
AZ - American DRAGCAR returned to Wild
Horse Pass Motorsports Park for Easter weekend with
race #2 of the AZ Differential Specialists Central State Championship
Series on Saturday April 4th.
25 entries laddered up in DragSport Eliminator, the Fast
Five consisted of Geanine Ballard with her blown ’67
Camaro in the #1 slot with a 9.133 while Mark Ballard had
to settle for 2nd with the 9.160 from his blown ’58
Delray wagon. Number 3 was taken by Gary Navis in his gorgeous
’67 Camaro with a 10.011 and Willie Wray in his ‘69
Camaro clamped onto 4th with his 10.014 blast. Ron Shelly
rounded out the 5 in his ’74 Vega with his 10.067
Raceway Park Reschedules NHRA Division 2 LODRS
Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event originally scheduled
for April 17-19, 2015 at Montgomery Raceway Park
has been re-scheduled to June 5-7, 2015.
owner Dave Elsberry and General Manager
Jim Howard worked long and hard at getting
Montgomery Raceway Park ready to host the Lucas Oil Drag
Racing Series tour. However, after receiving several inches
of rain in the days prior to the event and with an unfavorable
weather forecast, it was in the best interest of the racers
to be proactive and reschedule.
of the schedule change, the 2015 JEGS Allstars points will
now end at Rockingham Dragway on May 29-31. The 2016 JEGS
Allstars points chase will begin its new season at Mongtomery
Raceway Park’s new date of June 5-7.
schedule for the Harley Davidson Drag Racing Series classes
originally scheduled to attend the Montgomery event is being
reviewed now. However with ProFuel Harley already scheduled
to compete at the Joliet race that same weekend, they will
not be a part of the Montgomery re-scheduled event.
North East Timing Organization Announces 2015 Schedule
you nostalgia drag racers in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic,
the North East Timing Organization has announced its 2015
Dragway April 26
Valley Dragway May 9
Dragway May 16 & 17
Dragway May 30
County Dragway June 13
Grove Raceway June 27
Springs July 11 & 12
Bridge Township Raceway Park July 26
Dragway August 2
Valley Dragway August 15 & 16
Dragway September 13
Valley Dragway September 26 & 27
Dragway October 3
Dragway October 18
is for 1979 and older cars, front engine dragsters, funny
cars, altereds, gassers, super stocks and stockers and races
in two eliminators: Nostalgia for 10.00 and slower, any
dial-in, .500 full tree and Competition for 9.75 and faster
dial in .25 second increments, handicapped .400 Pro tree.
For more info visit www.neto-nostalgia.com.
Spring Nationals at Maryland Int’l Raceway
International Drag Bike League presents the 18th
Annual Spring Nationals at Maryland International
Raceway on Friday – Sunday, April
The event will feature Orient Express
Pro Street, DME Racing Real Street, Vance & Hines
4.60 index, FBR Shop 5.60 Index, Carpenter Racing Crazy
8s, Trac King Clutches Top Sportsman, Shinko Tires Pro
E.T., Brock's Performance Street E.T., and Eastside Performance
Grudge. There’ll also be a huge vendor midway full
of motorcycle parts, apparel, and accessories.
Pro Street entry fee is $200, Real Street
entry fee is $150, 4.60 Index entry fee is $150, 5.60
Index entry fee is $75, Crazy 8's racer entry fee is $50,
Pro E.T. racer entry fee is 1-day $70 or 2-day $120, Street
E.T. entry fee is 1-day $50 or 2-day $80, Grudge entry
fee is $50 per day.
On Friday the gates open at 9:00
am with an Early Bird Test Session from 10am-5pm
for $100 per bike. Friday evening there will be Test &
Tune from 6:30pm - 11pm for $25 per bike. Gates
open Saturday at 8:00 am. Top Sportsman, Pro
ET, Street ET, Crazy 8s, and 5.60 Index will start qualifying
at 9am. 4.60 Index, Pro Street, Real Street, and Grudge
will run at 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm. Pro E.T. and Street E.T.
eliminations will start on Saturday at 2pm. On
Sunday the gates open at 8:00 am, and the church
service will start at 8:30am. Top Sportsman, Pro E.T.,
Street E.T., Crazy 8's, and 5.60 Index will get one time
run at 9am so be sure to arrive early. Eliminations for
pro classes will start at 11:30am, and 12noon for sportsman
for more information.
Bracket Nationals at Rockingham Dragway
NC - Rockingham Dragway has a huge
weekend of big-money bracket racing scheduled for Friday
– Sunday, April 24-26, 2015 with their Spring
Bracket Nationals. Classes include Top ET (electronics,
8.49 and quicker), Footbrake (no electronics) and Jr. Dragster.
All races will run on the 1/8th mile. Double-entries permitted.
ET races are Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Each day pays
$10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $750 Semis and
$400 Quarters. $50 Round starts with 3rd Round Win. Payouts
based on 150 cars. Daily entry is $150, or buy a 3-race
Weekend Tech Card for $300 (racers, that is a GREAT deal).
1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $100.
races on Saturday and Sunday. Each day pays $2,500 win,
$400 Runner-Up and $200 Semis. $30 Round starts
with 3rd Round Win. Payouts based on 60 cars. Daily entry
is $65, or buy a 2-Race tech Card for $100. 1st or 2nd
Round buybacks are $30.
Dragster races on Saturday and Sunday. Each day pays $400
Win, $100 Runner-Up and $50 Semis. Daily entry
is $25, or buy a 2-Race Tech Card for $40. Buybacks are
open on Thursday, April 23 from 4:00 pm – 10:00
pm for parking. Gates open 8:00 am on Friday and Saturday,
and 8:30 am on Sunday. For more information visit www.RockinghamDragway.com.
IHRA Summit Super Series @ Little River Dragway, April 4,
TX - Despite persistent showers, Little River
Dragway was able to squeeze in its IHRA Summit
Super Series points opener on Saturday, April 4 2015.
A huge field of cars signed in for Box (electronics),
No-Box (footbrake), Street and Jr. Dragster classes on
the 1/8 mile drag strip, just outside Temple/Belton. The
day started with a mixture of sun and clouds dotting the
skies that kept the track temperature ideal for racing.
During the evening, however, the rush was on to get the
full event in with showers now closing in.
Cashes In for Electronics Win
San Antonio's Carlos Carasco Sr. (right)
made the long haul pay off taking home the payday against
local driver Jason Ramm in the final. Carasco and his
'69 Firebird had a slight advantage on the tree then held
off Ramm and his dragster at the stripe. / Carlos
Carasco Sr. 6.543 (6.53 dial) @ 108.83 defeats
Jason Ramm 4.682 (4.67) @ 147.16.
Victor in No-box Final
Chuck VanBuren (left) of Windcrest got
an early Easter gift courtesy of Todd Zampese from Schertz
in the No-Box final. Zampese, who ran dead on his number
in his newly purchased Landshark-style short wheel-based
dragster went .009 red giving VanBuren the victory. Lucky
break as VanBuren in his '82 Ford Mustang broke out on
the big end. / Chuck
VanBuren 7.379 (7.47 dial) @ 93.19 defeats Todd
Zampese 5.434 (5.43 dial) @ 124.52 (red-lighted).
the No-box Quick final it was Larry
Young (Temple, TX, right) using a .002 light
to get the jump on Billy Janousek (Pflugerville,
TX) who ran under his dial-in trying to run him down.
With four tenths in the bank, Young in the Car Shop, Chevy
II forced Janousek, in his 89 Ford Mustang to run it out
the back door missing his number by .012. / Larry
Young 7.230 (7.21 dial) @ 91.74 defeats Billy
Janousek 6.348 (6.35 dial) @ 106.99
Honors to Bakker
Temple's John Bakker (left) in his '79
Chevy Malibu took home the hardware in the Street class
final after Michael Wayne Turman on his
Kawasaki broke in the semi-finals. / John
Bakker N/T defeats Michael Wayne Turman
Bags Jr. Dragster Bucks
Cody Bettis (DeLeon, TX) scored the Jr.
Dragster win in a close finish after Kendal Little
(Harker Heights, TX) broke out by .007. Both left with
nearly identical reaction times but at the stripe in was
Bettisn getting the victory over Little. / Cody
Bettis 7.969 (7.95 dial) @ 78.89 defeats
Kendal Little 7.893 (7.90) @ 80.36.
and photos by JM Hallas / Little River Dragway
of In-Division Claiming Events for IHRA Summit Pro-Am Tour
International Hot Rod Association™ has announced
the modification of the following “in-division”
claiming events for the Summit Racing Pro-Am Tour in order
to better accommodate travel concerns for competitors in
certain geographic regions.
“Certain divisions did not have
seven events available in their division or did not have
feasible options of four ‘in-division’ events
that were within a reasonable travel distance,”
said Mike Baker, IHRA’s Senior Director of Competition
and Racing Operations.
The first modification will be the Summit
Pro-Am Tour event at Union County Dragway in Union, South
Carolina. It now will be included as an “in-division”
claim for both Division 2 and Division 9.
The second modification is that Galot
Motorsports Park in Benson, North Carolina, will be included
as an “in-division” claim for Division 1 and
Division 9. This change will provide the southern portion
of Division 1 a more cost-effective option to obtain the
minimum of four “in-division” events mandatory
for season-ending award eligibility.
in Norwalk, Ohio, the International Hot Rod Association
(IHRA) promotes professional, semi-professional and local
level racing for drivers of all levels. The Nitro Jam
Drag Racing Series is a North American professional drag
racing series comprised of events in major cities throughout
the United States and Canada. The IHRA also oversees multiple
sportsman racing programs including the Summit Racing
Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL, Summit Racing
Equipment SuperSeries presented by AMSOIL and Summit Racing
Equipment Tournament of Champions presented by AMSOIL.
For more information on IHRA Motorsports visit www.ihra.com
or the official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages
Super Chevy at Palm Beach Int'l Raceway, March 28th &
Beach International Raceway recently hosted the Super
Chevy Show on Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th.
Saturday started out with overcast skies and temperatures
in the 60s. Time runs began promptly at the scheduled 10 am
start time. Opening ceremonies and eliminations ran smoothly
most of the day until a brief oil down at the top end of the
track halted progress in the early evening. Racing was complete
just before 10 pm..
on Sunday were greeted with cloudless skies, bright sunshine,
and cool temperatures. The first time runs of the day started
at 9:30 am. After the opening ceremonies concluded, bracket
eliminations began right around noon. Racing went very smoothly
until ... (continued
Fling at Gulfport Dragway
MS – Our friends at Gulfport Dragway
present their Spring Fling Drags on Saturday,
April 18th, 2015, with eliminators for Electronics,
Footbrake and Street ET.
Electronics pays $300 Win, $200
Runner-Up and $60 Semis. Entry is $40, 1st or 2nd
Round buybacks are $10. Footbrake pays $250 Win,
$150 Runner-Up and $50 Semis. Entry is $30, 1st
or 2nd Round buybacks are $10. Street ET pays $150
Win, $75 Runner-Up and $25 Semis. Entry is $20,
1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $10.
There’ll also be a $100 award for
low ET set during time trials, and trophies to winners.
Gates open 3:00 pm, time trials at 4:00 pm and 1st Round
at 7:00 pm.
for more info.
Midnight Madness at Auto Plus Raceway
next Midnight Madness at Auto Plus
Raceway in Gainesville, FL is set for Friday,
April 24th, 2015.
this is open to all street AND race cars,
trucks, motorcycles and features heads-up 1/4 mile drag
racing on a fully prepped racing surface with state-of-the-art
timing system. Pro / Full tree option; Sunoco Racing Fuel
sold during event. New for 2015, Auto Plus Raceway will
be awarding a "Best Appearing" award at every
Midnight Madness event in 2015.
Gates open at 7:30 pm, racer entry is only $25. Visit www.AutoPlusRaceway.com.
Nights Return to Englishtown
Bridge Township Raceway Park has announced the return
of its Friday night racing program, albeit on a somewhat limited
schedule and at the expense of the weekly Saturday program.
Fridays will be open to street-muffled cars and motorcycles;
events will include a gambler’s race, Top Street Motorcycle
and the return of the popular Mean Street series. Top Street
Motorcycle tech cards are $30 and Mean Street tech cards are
open at 5:00 pm and cars will take to the track at 6:00
pm. For more information about the Friday schedule, including
dates, visit www.RacewayPark.com.
Wars at Maryland International Raceway
7th Annual Door Wars doorslammer race is
coming up at Maryland International Raceway Friday
– Sunday, April 17th – 19th, 2015.
include Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association
(1/4 mile, no entry fee for NEOPMA members, $150 entry
for non-NEOPA members), Outlaw 10.5 (1/8th
mile, $5,000 Win, $1,200 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $125 Quarters,
$200 entry), Outlaw Drag Radial and X275
(each 1/8th mile, each $2,500 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $250
Semis, $100 Quarters, each entry $100) and Ultra
Street (1/8th mile, $1,000 Win, $200 Runner-Up,
$75 Semis, $100 entry).
also be ¼ mile, $1,000 Win Index Challenge
on Saturday and Sunday. Entry is $50 per day, buybacks
Friday gates will open at 9:00 am for parking, testing
and tech. On Saturday gates open at 8:00 a.m., gates open
Sunday at 9:00 am. Visit www.RaceMDIR.com
for more information.
Annual Spring Car Show Fundraiser in Smithtown, NY
NY - To our Dragtime News visitors on Long Island (where
there is no drag strip but there should be), this is for
you. Mark your calendars for this car show in Smithtown,
NY. I realize this is not a drag racing event, but I went
to this show last year and it was a lot of fun. It's also
for a good cause.
Patrick School in Smithtown, NY presents the 10th Annual
Spring Car Show Fundraiser on Sunday, April 26th, 2015
(rain date May 3th, 2015). This show welcomes all car
clubs, private owners, trucks and motorcycles. First 200
vehicles receive a goodie bag, including event T-Shirt.
Show features children’s activities, a variety of
craft vendors, raffles, giveaways and food. Craft vendor
9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission: $5.00 for adults, children
are free. Admission for cars is $15.00, for motorcycles
is $5.00. St. Patrick’s School is located at 280
East Main Street, Smithtown, NY. For more information
please call John Forlenza @ 631-588-2696 or visit stpats.americanhotrods.com.
Division 6: Land of the Leaders ET Challenge
NHRA Division 6, we're talking to you! In 2015
the Northwest Division will once again contest the Land
of the Leaders ET Challenge. The series allows
racers from each track in the division to compete against
racers from other member tracks from across the Northwest
Division for a year-end championship. Points for the series
are earned at 4 events selected by the participating track.
Racers competing in the Series must have a current NHRA
Competition number and Membership. Champions will be crowned
in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Bike/ Snowmobile, Junior Dragster-Storm,
Junior Dragster-Thunder, and Junior Dragster-Lightning.
Champions will receive a Wally and Champions Jacket.
• Must have a current NHRA Competition Number in the
ET or JDRL in order to be eligible.
• Racers may compete at multiple tracks, but individual
points totals will be kept at each track.
• If a tie exists for the Championship at the conclusion
of the season, the following tiebreaker procedures will
be followed until tie is broken: 1) Driver with most Land
Of Leaders Challenge Event wins, wins tie; 2) Driver with
most rounds won (at Land Of Leaders Challenge Events) wins
tie (including rounds where no points were awarded. Example
- 2nd round loss in a 5 round race); 3) Driver going the
furthest number of rounds in their respective tracks final
Challenge Series race wins tie.
a .pdf of 2015 Land Of the Leaders Challenge Series tracks
and schedules, click HERE.
Sportsman at Montgomery Raceway Park
AL - Montgomery Raceway Park presents
the Ultimate Sportsman Weekend on Friday,
April 17th, 2015. Running in conjunction with the NHRA Division
2 LODRS at the track that weekend (Thursday, April 16th –
Sunday April 19th), these bonus shootout races for
Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, and Stock/Super Stock
Combo each pay $2,000 Win, $700 Runner-Up, $300 Semis, $200
Quarters and $100 Eighths. Entry fee is $100 with
the purchase of an LODRS weekend tech card.
is for parking and credentials. Gates open Friday and Saturday
at 8:00 am, Sunday at 9:00 am. For more information, visit
Montgomery Raceway Park at www.MontgomeryRacewayPark.com.
News: GM LS Solid Aluminum Race Block from RHS
solid aluminum LS block without water jackets from RHS
was specifically designed for drag racing. It's an ideal fit
for classes that prohibit billet blocks and specify cast designs.
Filled water jackets and A357-T6 aluminum construction improve
strength and rigidity, perfect for superchargers and crank-mounted
blowers. Larger head stud fasteners increase head gasket retention
and accommodate the higher cylinder pressures of boosted applications.
If you are ready to go all out, this is the block for you.
block utilizes the LSX 6-head-bolt design as in the original
LS Race Block, but the head stud fasteners’ diameter
has been increased to 1/2" for the inboard head studs
and 3/8" for the 5th and 6th head bolts. The larger
fasteners provide additional clamping force for increased
head gasket retention. This is required for the higher cylinder
pressures common in boosted applications.
Bore, solid water jacket design
•Larger head stud fasteners
•Standard & tall deck options
•Strict quality control measures
the page with this block on the RHS website HERE.
Top Sportsman Pros Vs. Joes at Maryland International Raceway
Creek, MD - Maryland International Raceway’s
twin $5,000 Top Sportsman Pros vs. Joes is Saturday - Sunday,
April 18th – 19th. Each day pays $5,000
Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $200 Quarters
and $100 Eighths. Entry is $175 per day, re-entry is $100.
1/8-mile races feature two separate fields of Top Sportsman
that will compete for the $5K each day. The Pros will be
the quickest 16 in qualifying each day, while the Joes will
be the rest of the 5.99 and quicker field.
event runs in conjunction with MDIR’s Door Wars. Gates
open Friday at 9:00 am for test & tune. Gates open Saturday
at 8:00 am with Top Sportsman qualifying at 10:00 am and
eliminations at 3:00 pm. Gates open Sunday at 9:00 am with
Top Sportsman qualifying at 10:00 am and eliminations at
for more info.
Parise To Debut New Cadillac Pro Mod at Nitro Jam Southern
Nationals in Bradenton
popular Pro Mod class is headed back to International Hot
Rod Association™ competition beginning with the IHRA
Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series Southern Nationals, April 17-18,
at Brandenton, Florida. Dina Parise –
a former Ice Capades skater – will debut something
completely different at Brandenton: a brand-new Cadillac
“I grew up on Long Island, New York,
and from an early age I wanted to mix it up with the boys,”
Parise said. “I wanted to play hockey and my mother
said, ‘No, not gonna happen.’ I always seemed
to be the girl who liked all the boys’ sports. I also
was a gymnast, so we decided figure skating was a better
way to go.”
Parise’s love for competing on skates
eventually led her to the big show. “I was competitive
from age eight through my early 20s,” Parise explained.
“I had a friend who told me the Ice Capades was holding
auditions and suggested I try out. I had to lie about my
height on my application form. They wanted you to be at
least five-feet-five inches and I am barely five-one. It
happened pretty quickly. They let you know if you passed
or failed that night. I passed and was chosen to go on tour.
My first tour was their 50th anniversary tour and it lasted
eight months.” After four years on the road with the
Ice Capades and also skating in other shows during the off-season,
Parise decided to hang up her blades. In the meantime, Dina’s
husband Andrew got involved in cars.
“About 10 years ago, Andrew built
a 1967 Camaro. At first he was going to show it, then it
went from a show car to a race car with a full tub and roll
cage. He drove that car for about a year or so and I just
fell in love with the sport of drag racing. I had seen it
on TV but I had never been to a drag race. The following
year, he decided he was going to build a Pro Mod from the
’67 Camaro. I said, ‘Well, I’d like to
drive the ’67,’ so I went to the Frank Hawley
Drag Racing School and earned my Super Gas license. I competed
in that Camaro for a couple of years. Later, I was looking
to step up to a higher class. My husband bought me a ’67
Camaro body. He was thinking Top Sportsman, but I said,
‘I kinda wanna go Pro Mod.’ After I picked him
up off the ground we got our marketing partners together
and they were able to help us.”
me, Pro Mod is one of the best classes,” stated Parise.
“I love the fact that there are so many body styles
and that the fans can relate to the cars. No disrespect
to anyone but they’re not cookie-cutter and that’s
the best part about it.”
leads us to Parise’s unlikely choice of car: a Cadillac,
something always considered too elegant – and too
big – to race. That was then, this is now. The luxury
car brand has been heavily involved in road racing and has
won several sports car championships.
day Rob Matheis of Rob Matheis Race Cars Inc. rang our phone
and offered something a little different. Early last year,
Rob approached us and said, ‘I have a Cadillac body
and it seems like it would suit you.’ We weren’t
in the market for a new car, but we were able to work things
out where we could get the car built. We’ve taken
it out testing and I made some changes. We’re going
to run the Nitro Jam series and Bradenton will be our first
MS - Saturday, April 11th, 2015 will be the
Double-Hitter at Gulfport Dragway for the track’s
ET bracket racers. With two races in one day for Pro Electronics
and Pro Footbrake, you’ll have double the chances
of winning while getting some crucial early-season seat-time.
class pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis
and $40 Quarters. Entry is $40; buybacks are $20. There’ll
also be a single Jr. Dragster race in the morning that
pays $150 Win, $60 Runner-Up, $40 Semis and $20 Quarters.
Entry is $20; buybacks are $10.00.
trials start at 9:00 am with eliminations immediately
following. Visit www.GulfportDragway.com
for more information.
American DRAGCAR at Southwestern International Raceway, March
DRAGCAR was back at Southwestern International
Raceway on March 7th for the Micro Import Service
Inc. Southwestern Championship Series Season IV Race #2.
American DRAGCAR welcomed a number of new racers and members
at the SWCS Race #2 and veteran member Jeff Morgan
showed up with his new rear engined dragster while giving
the altered a bit of a break, or was this just to throw
off the competition instead?
two rounds of qualifying were complete, DRAGCAR’s
first and only 6 second car lead the field as Trish
Williams returned with her TD/Z8 dragster posting
a 6.946 new best ever DRAGCAR ET. That moved Geanine
Ballard’s 9.118 into the #2 spot
while Mark Ballard held
onto 3rd with a 9.184. Larry Cannon
was 4th with a 9.230 and Ron Shelly
rounded out the top 5 with a 9.585 performance. This officially
makes DRAGCAR’s quickest top 5 to date.
Tracks Atmore and Mobile Join NHRA
dragstrips Atmore Dragway, one of the most modern
eighth-mile racing facilities in the South, and sister facility
Mobile Dragway have joined the NHRA Member
Track Network. Equidistant to Mobile,
Ala., and Pensacola, Fla., Atmore Dragway opened in the
1960s and becomes a member of NHRA’s Southeast Division.
2012, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians reached an agreement
with new track operator Gary Moore to begin a $1.5 million
dollar renovation of the facility that included a completely
new concrete racing surface and asphalt shutdown, new
scoreboards, new grandstands, new food stands, new return
roads, and new lightning. The track reopened in 2013 and
joins the NHRA Member Network for the 2015 season. As
an NHRA Member Track, Atmore Dragway is eligible to offer
drag racers a variety of NHRA opportunities, including
the NHRA Summit Racing Series, the NHRA Summit Racing
Jr. Drag Racing League, NHRA Jr. Street, and the NHRA
Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. Additionally,
the track has the opportunity to host NHRA’s specialty
events, including the National Dragster Challenge, NHRA
Summit King of the Track, and NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag
Racing League Challenge.
“The Poarch Band of Creek Indians
and Gary Moore have teamed up to rebuild an iconic NHRA
dragstrip and bring it into the modern era,” said
Rich Schaefer, director of NHRA’s Southeast Division.
“NHRA racers in the Mobile and Pensacola areas have
a fantastic facility with an experienced track operator
at the helm. The variety of pre- and post-event entertainment
options next to the track, along with great hotel choices,
truly makes this a destination for racers and fans alike."
have had a great opportunity to bring Atmore Dragway and
Mobile Dragway back to the NHRA member program,”
said Moore, track operator. “Our racers will once
again have the opportunity to win a coveted Wally trophy
and race their way to becoming a Summit Racing Series
Atmore Dragway is housed next to the Wind
Creek Casino and Hotel Resort, which features a variety
of entertainment options for adults and families. With
arcades, bowling alleys, a Jerry Pate designed golf course,
multiple dining choices, and big name music entertainment,
a trip to Atmore Dragway brings NHRA members and their
families a complete weekend of fun. Mobile Dragway, Atmore’s
sister facility, is an eighth-mile dragstrip located in
Irvington, Ala., a suburb of Mobile.
Richard & Son Announces New Asleep at the Tree Award in
NHRA Division 1
bring awareness to their new line of mattresses and bedding
accessories, PC Richard & Son along
with NHRA Northeast Division have announced the new PCRichard.com
Asleep at the Tree Award for all NHRA Northeast
Division Events for 2015. The events are Lucas Oil Drag
Racing Series Events, PCRichard.com Open Series Events,
Summit Racing Series ET Finals and Summit Jr. Drag Racing
League Division Championships. Any and all categories contested
at these events will be eligible for the award.
unique program will provide a $100 PC Richard & Son
Gift Card to the worst winning reaction time for each
event. The rules are simple: the winner must have had
a race against an actual opponent; broke byes, competition
singles, bye runs and obvious shenanigans do not count.
In case of a tie, the first racer to record the win will
be eligible for the award. There will be one winner per
the individual event winners are determined, those 13
racers will be judged to see who had the overall worst
winning reaction time for the entire NHRA Northeast Division
Season. That racer will then receive the grand prize --
a $2,000 credit toward a mattress or bedding-accessories
purchase of their choice through PC Richard & Son.
National Dragster Top Performer Program for 2015
NHRA bracket racers, this is for you: in a new
program for 2015, National Dragster will
recognize outstanding bracket racers from NHRA member tracks
with its monthly Top Performer award. All
winners will be featured in National Dragster, and Top Performer
decals will be sent to them for display on their car, trailer,
The Top Performer award will be presented
to racers who have excelled in recent competition such
as by putting together a strong string of races, having
a single outstanding day of competition, or even making
a great single run, such as with a perfect package. To
nominate someone else or yourself for the Top Performer
award, email racer information and the reason for consideration
to nd@NHRA.com. Include a photo to go
with the story if your nominee is selected.
11.50 Index Class To Debut At IHRA Nitro Jam Southern Nationals
International Hot Rod Association will debut a new
class – No Throttle-Stop 11.50 -- at
the April 17-18 Nitro Jam Southern Nationals in Bradenton,
Florida. The class will allow “no-box” racers
to compete in a heads-up index format at select Nitro Jam
event weekends. In addition to the April 17-18 Bradenton event,
NTS 11.50 also will be contested at Nitro Jam events at Maryland
International Raceway (June 19-20) and US 131 Motorsports
Park (August 7-8).
class is a way to introduce heads-up racing to a large number
of No Box competitors who want to try old-school index racing
without major changes to their vehicles,” said Skooter
Peaco, IHRA’s Vice President of Race Operations. “We
will be testing the viability of the class in these distinct
regions on the IHRA’s Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series.
We look forward to seeing how this class develops throughout
11.50 prohibits delay boxes and throttle stops, while mechanical
fixed or “restrictor plate” style methods of
slowing the car will be allowed. To help grow the class,
IHRA memberships will not be required for the first year.
Winners in the NTS 11.50 class will be awarded a coveted
IHRA Ironman trophy and $1,000. The runner-up will receive
$500. During this trial run, the NTS 11.50 class will not
award points and racers who enter this class will not be
allowed to compete in other Summit Racing Pro-Am Tour classes.
more information and a complete set of rules for the NTS
11.50 class, CLICK
HERE to view the IHRA Supplemental Rulebook
beginning on page 27.
IHRA Summit Super Series Bracket Racing at PBIR, March 21st,
in Palm Beach International Raceway's Summit Super
Series E.T. Bracket Racing program started time runs
for Race #7 on March 21st making impressive passes. However,
as eliminations began the race was plagued by an unusual rain
storm which positioned itself directly over the drag strip.
The heavy down pour halted the racing action for an hour,
along with another two hours of track prep before it got back
underway. An additional time run was given to all racers due
to the newly prepped track. Once race 7 was completed, race
8 began with no more stops for weather. Racing concluded at
1:20 am on Sunday morning.
Owens (pictured) of Malabar, Fla. started the day
off as the No. 1 qualifier with a pass of 5.975 ET. Owens
continued through eliminations running within .01 seconds
of that qualifying run each pass. In the final, Owens faced
off against David Bledsoe of Pembroke Pines, Fla. Bledsoe
in his '06 Mullis dragster red lighted at the start giving
Owens the victory. Owens dialed in a 5.97, running a 5.966
ET at 114.23 mph in his final pass.
In race 8 it was Bruce Liberman of West
Palm Beach, Fla. that made an impressive move in the points
standings during this race. After race 7 Liberman found
himself in the 13th position, 112 points out of the lead,
which all changed when he took his Spitzer dragster to victory.
After finishing runner up in race 7, David Bledsoe found
himself in the final again facing Liberman for the win.
Bledsoe dialed in a 4.75 hitting it right on the mark with
a pass of 4.750 ET at 144.94 mph. Liberman dialing in at
4.95 missed his mark by .001 as he ran a 4.951 ET at 139.52
mph. Overall, it was Liberman taking victory from his .010
RT to Bledsoe's .015 RT. By taking victory, Liberman moved
up to 3rd place in the points.
Eliminator (No Box)
In No Box, Doug Parlamento (pictured) of
Lake Worth, Fla. qualified first and never looked back.
Knocking out Sonny Freelan, the 2015 points leader, in round
3 Parlamento marched his way into the finals. John Taylor
of Ft. Pierce, Fla. faced off against Parlamento for the
final. In the end it was Parlamento with a dial in of 7.10
seconds running a 7.11, 97.97 mph to take victory over Taylor.
In race 8 of No Box it was Jeremy Jarosz of Boca Raton,
Fla. who qualified first. Jarosz was knocked out in round
4 by Ethan Doty of Margate, Fla.. Doty continued on to the
final to face the 2015 points leader Sonny Freeland
from Hollywood, Fla. In the final it was Freeland dialed
in at 6.12 seconds to run a 6.177, 102.14 mph to defeat
Doty dialed in at 9.67 seconds, running 9.770, 75.62 mph.
The victory has now extended Freeland's points lead to 93.
winners were Jennifer Craft (Jr. Dragster,
Race #7), Amanda Foley (Jr. Dragster, Race
#8), Rodney Pimetal (Street Bike, Race
#7) and Tom Ivy (Street Bike, Race #8).
Night Street Racing at Beaver Springs Dragway
Friday Night Street Racing series at Beaver
Springs Dragway runs from April through October,
showcasing street performance enthusiasts and more, with six
classes of competition. Racing is conducted on a .500 Pro
tree. Eliminations use a handicapped start by dial-in, with
breakout rules in effect. Winners and Runners-Ups each receive
Top Street: Eight low ET street legal cars
from time trials. Modified Street: for
domestic and import cars and trucks that are modified with
either headers, power adders, tin work etc. True
Street: unmodified domestic and import street cars
and true bone-stock trucks. Unmodified drive line with factory
headers, no additional power adders, no slicks. DOT tires.
Bike: real street-legal bikes on a DOT
tire. Extended swing arm is limited to 6 inches. No slick,
power adders or wheelie bar. Outlaw Street:
for any vehicle that isn’t licensed or inspected or
is running open headers. Real race cars are legal. Bikes
with extended swing arms over 6” will compete in Outlaw.
1/8 mile ATV: all ATVs are legal. No restriction
on modifications. In all classes except Outlaw and ATV,
all vehicles must be licensed, inspected and run through
the mufflers with working head lights and tail lights.
open at 5:00 p.m. with open time shots between 5:30 and
7:30. Top Street qualifying starts at 7:30. Eliminations
kick off at 9 p.m. Racer entry $25.
Drags’ Perfect Pass Fund for ET Bracket Points Racers
Drags and longtime supporter Precision Crankworks
have just announced that they will sponsor a Perfect
Pass fund starting with the 2015 race season and
continuing until it has been claimed.
must be registered points racers at the track. They must
compete in a non-trophy class (Super Pro, Pro, Bike/Sled,
Street Money or Junior Dragster) and the Perfect Pass must
be won during a points race competition elimination round.
each points race, the Perfect Pass fund will grow by $20
($40 for Double Points races) and will continue to grow
until it is claimed by one lucky racer. Skyview Drags thanks
Don & Kathy Kiekel for offering such a great opportunity
for our racers.
Dragway Joins IHRA Family of Tracks
27, 2015 (Norwalk, OH) -- IRG Sports + Entertainment™
and the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA)
have announced U.S. 13 Dragway, located
in Delmar, Delaware, has signed a sanctioning agreement
to join the IHRA as a member track.
in 1963, U.S. 13 Dragway is one of the country’s
longest-running tracks. U.S. 13 Dragway was constructed
by the Cathell family, sole owner-operators of the facility
throughout its 52-year history. U.S. 13 Dragway currently
is managed by the founders’ son, Charles Cathell.
The historic quarter-mile drag strip near the Delaware-Maryland
border is part of a 155-acre motorsports complex that
also is home to a dirt oval track and go-kart racing facility.
are pleased to welcome the Cathells and the revered U.S.
13 Dragway to our growing IHRA family,” said IHRA
President Scott Gardner. “U.S. 13 Dragway is one
of the most respected tracks in the country and we are
impressed by their efforts to maintain a friendly atmosphere
toward racers and fans alike.”
decided to join IHRA because we perceive it as being easier
to work with new customers – racers – coming
in,” said Cathell. “My parents built the track
in 1963 and since its inception there have been growing
pains. But we do not own another business. Our only income
comes from the drag strip, speedway and go-kart facility.
This is not a hobby for us. The family, staff racers and
fans are excited for this new partnership with the IHRA.”
the track was born during drag racing’s golden age,
Cathell says its biggest moment in its 52-year history
was the U.S. 13 Dragway 50th anniversary celebration.
was a real tribute to my parents,” said Cathell.
“It was the largest crowd we’ve ever had.
This family-owned-and-operated business is proud to acknowledge
that over the 52 years we have witnessed more than three
generations of fans and racers coming out to support the
facility.” For more information on U.S. 13 Dragway,
please visit www.delawareracing.com.
Racer Appreciation Test Session at Maryland Int'l Raceway
International Raceway will be inviting its Speed
Unlimited E.T. Series racers to a free “Racer Appreciation
Test Session” on Saturday, April 4, 2015
for Top E.T., Mod E.T., Motorcycle, and Junior Dragster
racers. Gates will open at 10:00 am. Racers will be able
to come in early and park for the day and get their pre-season
tech completed. There will also be a free test session from
11:00 am – 2:00 pm for Top E.T., Mod E.T., Motorcycle,
and Junior Dragster racers that purchase a tech card for
the E.T. race on April 4th.
Jason Miller, MDIR Vice President &
General Manager stated, “We know that the Speed
Unlimited E.T. Series at MDIR is one of the toughest bracket
racing programs in the country. Many of our racers freshen
up and tweak their combos every year, and we wanted to
provide them with a free test session at no charge to
make sure their cars and bikes are running at 100% before
official time runs start at 2:00 pm. We have received
so much positive feedback from our E.T. racers on our
new guaranteed purses for 2015 that we wanted to take
it one step further by adding a “Racer Appreciation
Test Session” too. Thank you to all of our E.T.
racers for your support, and let's make the 2015 season
the best one yet.”
For more info, visit www.RaceMDIR.com.
Adds Khalid Al Balooshi To Pro Mod Team As Second Driver
Turbo and Engine will be adding a second car to
its NHRA Pro Mod team for the 2015 season. In addition to
the twin turbocharged 2014 Camaro driven by Don
Walsh Jr., PTE will also field a 1968 Camaro which
will be driven by Khalid Al Balooshi.
Although many may recognize his name from
his time behind the wheel of the Al-Anabi Racing team’s
Top Fuel dragster, Al Balooshi has also had an extremely
successful Pro Mod career and is very excited about getting
back in a Pro Mod. His numerous accolades include being
named the 2011 NHRA Pro Mod champion, and having won the
Arabian Drag Racing League (ADRL) Pro Mod championship
three years in a row. Since 2001, Al Balooshi has racked
up more than 150 career wins in Top Fuel, Pro Mod, Outlaw,
and Super Street classes combined.
Balooshi’s new ride – the’68 Camaro
doorslammer owned by Harry Hruska, President of Precision
Turbo and Engine – had been previously campaigned
by both Walsh and Brad Personett. It
features a set of Precision Turbo and Engine NHRA-legal
88mm GEN2 Pro Mod CEA® turbochargers as well as AFIS
spark plug wires, PurePower! oil filter, and Brisk Racing
Text Message System for Numidia Dragway
Dragway has announced a new text message system
for the 2015 season. To sign-up for the new service, text
"drag" to 71441. Numidia Dragway management states,
“We are creating a new list. If a racer has signed-up
with us in the past, they will need to sign-up again to
In other Numidia Dragway news, the track
is gearing up for its Opening Day of the 2015
season on Friday, April 3rd with the Street Legal Drags.
Gates open At 5:00 pm, time trials at 6:00 pm and eliminations
at 8:00 pm. Then on Saturday, April 11th, Numidia
will host a chassis certification day. Call 570-226-2237
to reserve your spot.
for more information.
Lang Wins Pro Mod Showdown in the Swamp at PBIR
Beach International Raceway held its Pro
Mod Showdown In The Swamp on March 7-8. As qualifying
concluded it was "Fast" Frank Cersosimo
on top (pictured below), running an impressive 3.944 ET at
190.14 mph. The second spot went to Kenny Lang
(pictured bottom) in the Summit Racing '69 Camaro behind by
only 0.029 seconds. When the race began on Sunday it was these
two drivers that continued on through the elimination rounds
running consistent ET's with each pass.
faced off against Khalid Albalooshi, former Top Fuel Dragster
pilot and Pro Mod Champion, in the semi-finals. The staging
bulbs were lit, green light came on and off they went. At
the top end it was Cersosimo with the win light running
a 3.982 ET at 189.79 mph. After facing one former champion,
"Fast" Frank found himself up against another
in the final. Kenny Lang, who had been improving on his
car setup with each pass, was now ready to go up against
the No. 1 qualifier for the final.
'02 Killer Instinct Viper of Cersosimo approached the tree
in the LKQ lane while the '69 Camaro of Lang staged in the
Gordon & Donor lane. The tree was lit but there was
a red light. Cersosimo jumped the gun ultimately finishing
runner-up to Lang who ran a 4.061 ET at 188.73 mph.
2015 NHRA Rulebook Available for Download; Division 1 Office
NHRA RACERS, make sure you stay current with the
rules for 2015. The 2015 NHRA Rulebook is available for download
as a .pdf. and is available by clicking HERE.
NHRA news, the Northeast Divison (Division 1) office has
relocated to Lancaster, PA. The new address and phone numbers
2420 Gehman Lane, Suite 200
Lancaster, PA 17602
Auto Salvage Presents "The King/Queen of the Dot-90"
Auto Salvage has announced the return of their
King/Queen of the Dot-90 program. This
program will reward $100 to the first run 8.900, 9.900,
or 10.900 in Super Comp, Super Gas or Super Street respectively
on a winning run at all Northeast Division Lucas Oil Drag
Racing Series Events in 2015. If a dead-on run is not made
at an event, the money for that category will carry over
to the next event.
end of the season, the various winners of this award will
be invited to participate in a winner-take-all $500 “Dead-On
Zero Tournament” at the first Lucas Oil Drag Racing
Series event in 2016. During the first scheduled time run
session, each contestant winning the award in 2015 will
have a chance to run 10.900, 9.900, 8.900 on their respective
class index (8.90, 9.90, 10.90). If no one runs dead-on
with a zero on the class index, then the tournament will
carry over to the scheduled second session. During the second
session, the racer running closest to the dial without break-out
for their respective class will win the contest. If a tie
remains, the best overall package will be declared the winner
(for example, a SST racer runs 10.901 and a SG racer runs
9.901, the tie will be broken with the best reaction time
(red-lights not included, unless all affected drivers red
Will Make Great Lakes Dragway Greater
Lakes Dragway (GLD) in Union Grove, WI is counting
down to its opening day on March 28, 2015, and when the track’s
racers arrive they’ll see the many upgrades that have
been completed or started during the off-season. Among the
improvements are an updated tower with new stairs, a new entrance
sign, a concrete safety wall at the top end, repairs to the
track surface at the starting line, a new Emergency Response
Vehicle that was purchased by the support of GLD’s race
fans who purchased season passes, and a remodeled top-end
safety tower that will have new stairs, a new roof, new windows
and a beacon light to alert track crew when there is a breakdown
or a safety concern in the shutdown area.
out the track’s 2015 schedule here, and
when you go to race at GLD make sure to thank Randy and
Claire for the upgrades they’ve done to the track
for their racers
Nationals at The River
our old school racing friends in the great Lone Star State,
the Southwest Heritage Racing Association (SHRA)
presents the Nostalgia Nationals at Little
River Dragway in Holland, TX on March 21,
Classes include Nostalgia Eliminator 1
(4.65 Index), Nostalgia Eliminator 2 (5.00 Index); Nostalgia
Eliminator 3 (5.50 Index), two Bracket classes (Electronics
and No Electronics) and Nostalgia Super Stock.
Eliminator fields will be 8 car sportsman ladder fields
with 8 or less cars. If 9 or more cars, the field will
be run on a 16 car sportsman ladder. NE 1 is reserved
for center steer altereds and front engine dragsters only.
Left handed steer "nostalgia bodied" roadsters,
Anglias, Topolinos, etc (‘48 or earlier style) can
run in NE 2 & NE3. All engine combinations are allowed.
In Bracket Electronics Class, any 1982
or earlier bodied car including door cars, front engine
dragsters, altereds, roadsters, rods or gassers. Electronics
are permitted, including delay boxes and trans-brakes.
In Bracket No Electronics Class, any 1982
or earlier bodied car including door cars, front engine
dragsters, altereds, roadsters, rods or gassers. Footbrake
only. Trans-brake permitted for reverse purposes only.
Shift solenoids permitted. Delay boxes must be removed.
Gates open at 8:00 am, with open time
runs at 10:45 am and time trials at noon. For more information
about the SHRA, visit www.SHRAracing.com.
For more information about Little River Dragway, visit
News: NPW / Karbelt Sponsors DSE Sportsman Series Announcer’s
our friends up north, National Performance Warehouse
/ Karbelt will return to title sponsor the DSE
Sportsman Series Announcer’s Choice Award
as well as contribute $100 Parts Pro Centers Gift Certificates
to the award winners at each DSE Event this summer.
Announcers Choice Award is given to one Car/Team each
weekend of a DSE Sportsman Racing Series Championship
Points weekend. Chosen by DSE Sportsman Racing Series
Announcer Bill Richards, series photographer Stacee Kenington
and Toronto Motorsports Parks Announcer Rob Potter, winners
of this fun prize often poses some or all of the qualities
of being a unique combination, best appearing vehicle,
or best performing vehicle during that weekend of competition.
Performance Warehouse (NPW)/Karbelt is one of the largest
Speed and Custom parts distributors in Canada, and with
their partnership with AAM Parts Pro, consumers have access
to hundreds of Products lines at the over 40 Parts Pro
Performance Center locations that can be found in Ontario.
with their dedication of supporting the Canadian Performance
market, Karbelt/National Performance Warehouse will be
presenting a special feature at the upcoming Motorama
Custom Car and Motorsports Expo on March 13-15. The KARS
Expo will have displays and Reps from over 60 Performance
Parts companies including Auto Meter, Edelbrock, Howard
Cams, Richmond Gears, Quick Fuel and many more.
first Karbelt/National Performance Warehouse Announcers
Choice of 2015 will be handed out during the 4th Annual
DSE Season Opener June 6-7 at Toronto Motorsports Park.
Motorsports Jets to Appear at NHRA National Events
our friends at Hanna Motorsports...
CT – March 5, 2015 – Al Hanna,
President of Hanna Motorsports Jets today announced an agreement
with NHRA and Senior Vice President-Racing Operations Graham
Light, for the appearance of the teams jet funny cars, the
'GOJO Firebird' and the XLERATOR 'Top Secret' Firebird, at
four 2015 NHRA National Events. Their 4 event tour will begin
at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, FL Mar 12-16, 2015.
team will have both cars on display the opening day of each
event and drivers Rich Hanna and Ken
Hall will meet fans, explain the workings of their
unique machines, and sign autographs. "Running NHRA
National Events is very prestigious, and we're really looking
forward to meeting and performing for the NHRA fans",
said Rich Hanna. Said Hall,"Rich and I are both from
long time NHRA racing families and running these events
is a dream come true for me."
to the Gatornationals, the team will run several additional
events including the 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, NC,
March 27-29, the Toyota Summernationals, Englishtown, NJ,
June 4-7, and the Keystone Nationals, Reading, PA, October
Hanna Motorsports Team fields three exhibition race cars,
and appears at more than 70 events each year across the
US. In addition to the two jet funny cars, the team also
fields the all-new and revolutionary "Queen of Diamonds
II" semi-streamliner 300 MPH Jet Dragster driven by
Jill Fazekas. Recently, the team took the new dragster to
Aerodyn/A2, the NASCAR wind tunnel complex in Mooresville,
NC, and ran the car through its paces making more than 25
major tests in the tunnel. This is the first time a jet
dragster has ever been wind-tunnel tested, keeping with
the advanced technological approach of the team to this
unique category of jet exhibition machines.
will be the 50th year of Al Hanna's career in professional
drag racing and in 2014 Al and Ellen Hanna celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary. They look forward to the future
and the success of professional drag racing. Learn more
about Hanna Motorsports at www.hannamotorsportsjets.com.
Cooke On Location: IHRA Summit Pro-Am Series at Immokalee,
friend and fellow racer Bruce Cooke (left)
was on hand at the IHRA Summit Pro-Am at
Immokalee Regional Raceway in Immokalee,
FL, having made the trip all the way from Michigan.
kind enough to share some of the photos he took at the event,
and kind enough to wear his Dragtime News t-shirt!
HERE to go to the photos...
Beach International Raceway Bracket Racing
Beach International Raceway hosts it’s bracket
racing program for Top ET (Box), Super ET (No Box), Street
Bike and Jr. Dragster on Saturday, March 21, 2015.
ET pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $125 Semis
and $50 Quarters. Entry is $50; buybacks are $25. Super
ET pays $800 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $125 Semis and
$50 Quarters. Entry is $40; buybacks are $20. Street
Bike pays 50% Win and 25% Runner-Up. Entry is $30;
buybacks are $15. Jr. Dragster pays $150 Win, $100
Runner-Up and $25 Semis. Entry is $20; buybacks
are $10. All races are 1/8-mile.
open at 8 a.m., time runs start at 10:00 am. Visit www.RacePBIR.com
for more info.
News: Jiffy-tite Named Official Quick-Connect Fluid Fittings
Sports + Entertainment™ and the International Hot Rod
Association™ (IHRA) has announced Jiffy-tite
as the Official Quick-Connect Fluid Fittings of the IHRA.
Headquartered in Lancaster, New York, Jiffy-tite
has been the preferred manufacturer of fluid connectors
for the industry and original equipment sector of the automotive
industry since 1963. There are in excess of 400 million
Jiffy-tite devices in more than 20 brands of vehicles worldwide,
including: Chevrolet, Ford, Cadillac, Dodge, Mercedes-Benz,
Harley Davidson and Caterpillar. Proven by years of research
and development in the lab, on the track and on the dyno,
Jiffy-tite offers a full line of motorsports quick-connect
fittings. Designed for racers by racers, these revolutionary
quick-connect fluid fittings provide unsurpassed performance
under extreme racing conditions and can replace nearly any
fitting in any location. Made of light-weight, high-quality
aircraft aluminum with brass valves and stainless steel
ball bearings, Jiffy-tite fittings are lightweight and corrosion
resistant for long life.
“We are proud to be the Official Quick-Connect
Fluid Fittings of IHRA,” said Jiffy-tite Motorsports
Manager Duane LaFleur. “There has
been a tremendous buzz in the drag racing community since
the IHRA press conference at the PRI Show and we are excited
about what we have been hearing. After meeting with IHRA
executives, we decided to partner with them. We are excited
about the IHRA’s new direction and the opportunities
The next IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series
event will be held March 13-14 at State Capitol Raceway
in Port Allen, Louisiana. The IHRA Nitro Jam Mardi Gras
Nationals will feature AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car presented
by Aeromotive, U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock, Nitro Harley-Davidson
and Jet Dragster competition.
more information about Jiffy-tite, visit motorsports.jiffy-tite.com.
Grove Raceway's Banquet Crowns 2014 Champions
than $30,000 in cash, trophies and contingency awards was
handed out during the ceremony to the top 48 Maple Grove
Raceway drivers in the four Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail
E.T. Series classes, Universal Technical Institute Jr. Dragsters
and the ATI Stock-Super Stock Shootout.
The season champions for the Money Trail Series had their
turn in the spotlight as Brock Moshier
(Gold Rush Trailers Super Pro and Ciccarone Racing Products
Pro), Dave Raser (P.C. Richard & Son
Street), Joe Stuebner (Ray’s Yamaha
Top Bike), C.J. Ketterer (UTI Jr. Dragster)
and Mark Petit deMange (ATI Stock-Super
Stock) were recognized in their respective classes.
of Lititz, Pa., was the first Maple Grove bracket racer
to win two classes since Paul Werner claimed both Pro and
Street in 2007. In Super, he beat runner-up Scott Lorish
by 24 points, amassing 510 points. It was his first championship
in that class. Moshier’s Pro championship was his
third in the past four years. The final margin of victory
was a little more substantial as he had 604 points to beat
Gary Simpers Jr. by 34 points.
of Oxford, Pa., prevented Werner from winning a third consecutive
Street championship and did it in convincing fashion. Raser’s
final point total of 659 was more than 100 ahead of Werner,
who finished with 555. It was Raser’s third championship;
he last won it all in 1989.
Another racer returning to the top of his class was Stuebner,
from Hamburg, Pa., in Top Bike. In taking his first title
since 2011, Stuebner had 491 points to beat runner-up Danny
Boyer by 25 points for his sixth championship.
also earned a bonus, by taking the 2014 E.T. Shootout at
the NHRA Keystone Nationals last October. He won a golf
cart, sponsored by D&G Golf Carts, Potty Queen, P.C.
Richard & Son and Awesome Vinyl. It was Joe’s
second triumph in this annual event.
A pair of brothers were on top of Jr. Dragster standings.
C.J. Ketterer of Sellersville, Pa. took the top spot with
521 points, just 14 ahead of Jeremy Ketterer. It was C.J.’s
the Stock/Super Stock Series in 2014 was Petit deMange of
Oxford, Pa. He had 158 points to beat runner-up Tony Curcio
by 36 points
2014 MGR Walk of Fame class of Tony Elmo, Paul Thimm Sr.,
Scott Weney, Bobby Yohn and Dale Thierer was inducted by
Lex Dudas and Kent Lewis. A total of 78 people have been
inducted since Maple Grove introduced the Walk of Fame in
2003. Elmo started his career at Maple Grove in 1986, manning
gates and stubbing spectator tickets. In his 27-year career
he worked at almost every position in the Event Services
Department. He became Event Services Director in 2004 and
turned Maple Grove’s department into one of the best
in drag racing.
Thimm has been a fixture at Maple Grove since the early
1970s, first as a racer, then as a mentor. He helped develop
Paul Thimm Jr. and Kevin Robb into great racers and champions.
The third generation is now competing in Jr. Dragsters with
grandson Kyle Robb. He also spent time on MGR’s starting
Weney, who passed away late in 2014, was a regular racer
at Maple Grove, but was best known for the customer service
he provided as the head of S&W Race Cars. When Maple
Grove began the Walk of Fame, Weney was quick to involve
S&W in making the trophies. The company also made Money
Trail championship trophies.
Yohn began as a racer before joining the MGR staff, working
his way up to chief starter. Eventually, the NHRA brought
him aboard to work with NHRA’s chief starter, Buster
Couch, at selected national events. His career was cut short
when he died tragically in 2000.
Thierer, who also passed away in 2014, was a highly respected
Top Fuel dragster racer, who won the NHRA Division I championship
in 1971. In 1973, driving for Maple Grove’s Lewis
Brothers in the Sparkling Burgundy dragster, he almost won
another title. After taking several years off, he returned
to racing in 2005 in a nostalgia Top Fuel dragster and enjoyed
Names Bill Stephens as Nitro Jam Lead Announcer
Sports + Entertainment™ and the International Hot
Rod Association™ (IHRA) have announced veteran television
and radio personality Bill Stephens has been hired as lead
announcer for IHRA Nitro Jam events.
are pleased to welcome Bill Stephens, a respected broadcaster,
into our IHRA Nitro Jam family,” said IHRA President
Scott Gardner. “His talent, broadcast style, wealth
of experience and intense knowledge of motorsports will
add much to the quality of our IHRA Nitro Jam events,
both at the track and on our live Internet feeds.”
his 42-year career, Stephens – who also has authored
three books – has been seen on CBS, NBC, ABC, ESPN,
ESPN2, ESPN Classic, Fox, Fox Sports Net, SPEED, The Discovery
Channel, Discovery HD Theater, Velocity, The Outdoor Channel,
The Family Channel, and HDNet. He has covered virtually
every major automobile racing series, including drag racing,
stock cars, Indianapolis cars, Sprint Cars and sports
is a truly outstanding opportunity for me in large part
because of the tremendous game plan the IHRA has developed,”
says Stephens. “It’s completely devoted to
giving their fans a racing experience unlike any other
in the motorsports world. President Scott Gardner and
his team including Skooter Peaco, Jason Rittenberry and
Steve Cole have truly stepped up the energy and excitement
at the IHRA and it’s a thrill to be coming onboard.”
will join the IHRA team at the April 17-18 IHRA Nitro
Jam Southern Nationals at Bradenton (FL) Motorsports Park.
For more information, visit www.IHRA.com.
IHRA Summit Pro-Am Series at Immokalee
Hester, operator of Immokalee Regional Raceway
in southwestern Florida, is pleased with the turnout for
the Summit Pro-Am Series presented by AMSOIL
season opener. The doubleheader weekend kicked off both
Immokalee’s 2015 season as well as the IHRA Summit
Pro-Am Series presented by AMSOIL campaign. “Our event’s
car count grew from 25-30% over last year,” Hester
said. “It’s the biggest race we’ve ever
had. We sold 276 tech cards and 269 cars went down the track
in the first round. We had approximately 25 drivers that
had never raced with us before. It’s our season-opener,
our biggest race of the season and something we look forward
to every year. We’ve had this race for 12 years now
and we’ve always been the first race, being in Florida.
It means a lot for us to have that race."
note: our friend and fellow racer Bruce Cooke
(right) was on hand at the event, having made
the trip to Immokalee from Michigan. He was kind enough
to share some of the photos he took at the event, and
kind enough to wear his Dragtime News t-shirt. Bruce will
also be submitting his own On Location report from the
event which we'll publish next week. Thanks, Bruce!
- Two complete races were contested and there
were no repeat winners in any classes:
Winner: Troy Williams Jr. (Bradenton, Fla.) 7.00 sec./108.67
Runner-up: Matt Beer (Naples, Fla.) 6.99 sec./113.55 mph.
Winner: Larry Flynn (Lutz, Fla.) 7.025 sec./103.64 mph.
Runner-up: Troy Williams Jr. (Bradenton, Fla.) 7.085 sec./101.86
Winner: Merrill Schrimscher (Lake Mary, Fla.) 7.165 sec./93.38
Runner-up: Jeff Adkinson (Damascus, Ga.) (fouled) 6.64
Winner: Leonard Mattinsly 6.382 sec./103.95 mph.
Runner-up: Larry Hambey 7.468 sec./81.45 mph.
Winner: John Brannen 5.70 sec./137.45 mph.
Runner-up: John Labbous Jr. (Whitehouse, Tenn.) 5.699
Winner: John Labbous Jr. (Whitehouse, Tenn.) 5.697 sec./134.17
Runner-up: Brandon James (Loxahatchee, Fla.) (fouled)
5.664 sec./135.26 mph.
Winner: John Taylor (Naples, Fla.) 4.99 sec./117.96
Runner-up: Jim Perry (Niota, Tenn.)
19.56 sec./44.07 mph.
Winner: David O’Bryon (Naples, Fla.) 5.154
Runner-up: Bill Powell (Stuart, Fla.)
(fouled) 8.060 sec./55.70 mph.
Winner: Steve Furr 6.413 sec./125.10 mph.
Runner-up: Michael Ruff (Orlando, Fla.)
6.397 sec./121.75 mph.
Winner: Wayne Bogle (Cocoa, Fla.) 6.403 sec./123.97
Runner-up: Todd Thompson (Naples, Fla.)
6.404 sec./121.13 mph.
Winner: Steve Dweck (Hollywood, Fla.) 4.924 sec./131.73
Runner-up: Gary Marshall (Ft. Myers,
Fla.) 4.831 sec./140.41 mph.
Winner: Stanley Albritton Jr. (Bradenton, Fla.)
4.681 sec./141.38 mph.
Runner-up: Keith Russell (Jupiter, Fla.)
4.733 sec./139.93 mph.
Mike Pearson (Tampa, Fla.)6.322 sec./106.69 mph.
Runner-up: Anthony Bertozzi (Ashland,
Va.) 5.690 sec./118.05 mph.
Winner: Mark Nowicki 5.968 sec./106.61 mph.
Runner-up: Jeff Lewis 6.229 sec./107.76
Winner: William Craft (Melbourne, Fla.) 13.008
Runner-up: Troy Carpenter (Melbourne,
Fla.) 12.023 sec./54.39 mph.
Winner: Julian Puya (Pompano Beach, Fla.) 11.85
Runner-up: Logan Westmoreland (Greenwood,
S.C.) (fouled) 11.982 sec./52.13 mph.
Winner: Brooke Debonis (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
9.168 sec./67.61 mph.
Runner-up: Troy Carpenter (Ft. Myers,
Fla.) 9.067 sec./67.75 mph.
Winner: Courtney Mee (Naples, Fla.) 8.904 sec./68.10
Runner-up: Michael Carpenter (St. Petersburg,
Fla.) 8.8610 sec./72.02 mph.
Winner: Camryn Fredrickson (Palm Harbor, Fla.)
8.577 sec./66.03 mph.
Runner-up: Gage Burch (Palmetto, Fla.)
(fouled) 8.242 sec./64.75 mph.
Winner: Samantha Hollingsworth (Greenwood, S.C.)
7.934 sec./80.70 mph.
Runner-up: Camryn Fredrickson (Palm
Harbor, Fla.) 8.298 sec./75.03 mph.
Jam Southwestern Nationals: Round-Up of Pro Winners
winners of the Good Vibrations Nitro Jam Southwestern
Nationals, held Feb 6-7 at Southwestern International
Raceway in Tucson, AZ. (clockwise from right):
McIntire (AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car), Cary
Goforth (U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock), Jay
Turner (Nitro Harley-Davidson), Lyle Byrum
(CIFCA Funny Car) and Elaine Larsen (Jet
Automotive Sportsman Racing Series Debuts New Bike Class
our two-wheeled racing friends in Canada, the DSE
Automotive Sportsman Racing Series will be debuting
a new class this summer for beginner street bike riders looking
to learn the ins and outs of the sport while doing so in a
enter, racers will pay the regular track gate fee with tech
cards being available at the DSE Sportsman Series Registration
trailer for just $5. Street Bike Eliminator Winners will
take home a DSE Iron Tree Trophy with class Runners-Ups
taking home special plaques. The class will be open to any
street legal bike that runs on treaded DOT tires and has
no bracket racing aids such as wheelie bars, delay boxes,
air shifters or any other electronic that is non-OEM style
Equipment. The class will be run as a bracket style category,
however it will utilize a staggered .500 Pro Tree.
the class for 2015 is Dundas Valley Hobby (DVH) located
just outside of Hamilton in Dundas Ontario. Opened in 1992
by Robin Philp, DVH features three floors and wide selections
of R/C cars, slot cars, plastic model cars, model railroading
as well as numerous other Hobby paints and supplies.
Director Andrew Stirk is excited to see this new class added
to the series. “The creation of the Dundas Valley
Hobby Street Bike Eliminator is a strong addition to the
DSE Series, and really helps solidify our positon in being
able to say that we offer a class for everyone regardless
of what they race or their experience level. We felt we
needed a class similar to our existing Street Car class,
but designed for bike racers to come and learn without the
pressure or stress of having to race against purpose built
drag bikes/sleds or cars. The bonus will be that it will
be cheaper to run in our Street Bike Class than it will
be to just test and tune.”
first Event in the DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series
is the 4th Annual Season Opener which takes place June 6th
-7th at Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park. The
DSE Sportsman Racing Series features six different Championship
Classes and a point’s structure where racers claim
their best 8 out of 12 point’s races during the season.
For more information on the Series and its Marketing Partners,
please visit www.SportsmanRacingSeries.ca.
Mid Atlantic .90 Association Honors 2014 Champions at Banquet
snow, ice and frigid cold northeast temperatures, The
Mid Atlantic .90 Association celebrated its 2014
champions in Trevose, Pa. recently. Roughly eighty racers
along with their families made it out for the celebration.
Before the hardware was handed out to the champions, some
special awards were given out.
The sponsor of the year was given to Super Gas racer Bob
Phillips and his company ACD Throttle Controls. Bob was
instrumental in introducing the "Best Losing Package"
for 1st round losers in all three categories in 2014. Next
up was the "Rookie of the Year" and that was given
to young Mac Dougherty. Mac was able to record a victory
at Cecil County in June and a great 16 round wins in his
first season behind a big car. Two new awards were added
for this season. The "Wrench of the Year" was
given out to a deserving crew member who goes above and
beyond the call of duty. This award was given out to Derek
Clark's crewman Mike Holland. Holland is always seen helping
out throughout the pits helping fellow racers when he's
not helping out Clark. The last award was given to "Driver
of the Year." This was given to MASGA racer Matt Schurman
who had an outstanding season winning 56% of the races he
After those awards were handed out it was time to move onto
the 2014 Champion Presentations. Keith Mayers
was the champion in the Mid Atlantic Super Street Series.
Keith was no stranger to being a champion as he has claimed
two IHRA World Championships in 2005 and 2010. In 2014 Mayers
claimed victories at Maple Grove in May and Cecil County
in August along with becoming the Inaugural Autometer Top
8 Shootout Winner.
Taking a look at the Mid Atlantic Super
Gas Series. Matt Schurman claimed his first
MASGA Championship to go along with his Divisional and National
Open Championships. Schurman claimed three victories and
a runner-up and clinched the championship at Race #9 at
Rounding out the three series was the Mid
Atlantic Super Comp Series. Claiming the championship was
Don Bangs out of Southampton, Pa. Bangs
started out the season with a victory at Race #1 and ended
it with a winner-take-all final at Race #10 to claim his
The Mid Atlantic .90 Association's 2015
season that will start on May 2nd at Atco Dragway in Atco,
2014 MASCA Champion Don
2014 MASGA Champion Matt Schurman
MASGA racers Tom
Goldman and Earl Nichols made
these cool trophies for the champions
American DRAGCAR at Southwestern International Raceway
most of the focus of drag racing in Arizona was on the recent
NHRA National event being held at Chandler's Wild Horse
Pass, the racers of the American DRAGCAR
series filed into Tucson's Southwestern International
Raceway on the morning of Saturday, February 21st
for the Micro Import Service Inc. Southwestern Championship
Series Season IV opening event that was blessed with beautiful
weather and a track that was outstandingly manicured. Some
racers had some snags with their cars during qualifying
but everybody managed to make the first round eliminations
call when all was said and done. (continued)
Dragway's 2015 Schedule
to our racing friends in Michigan: Milan Dragway
has released its 2015 schedule, which is available for download
by clicking on the image to the right. Opening day is Saturday,
more information about Milan Dragway, visit www.milandragway.com.
England Dragway's Jr. Dragster Program Splits in Two for 2015
England Dragway's East Coast Outdoor Power Equipment Jr
Dragster Program will be contested in 2 different
classes for the 2015 season. Classes will be divided into
two age groups: 6-9 year olds and 10-18 year olds. The
first class will be comprised of 6 & 7 year olds which
are restricted to 13.90 seconds or slower ET, and 8 &
9 year olds restricted to 11.90 seconds or slower ET.
The second class will be comprised of 10-12 year olds
which are restricted to 8.90 seconds or slower ET and
13-18 year olds which are restricted to 7.90 seconds or
slower ET. New England Dragway feels this will create
a more relaxed atmosphere for the younger competitors
and increase their odds at bringing home some hardware.
All NHRA safety rule apply to both classes.
England Dragway will also introduce the new Trainee class
that NHRA has created for 5 year olds. This class is for
noncompetition single passes only. The Trainees are restricted
to 20.00 seconds or slower ET. A special note to the 5
year old Trainee class and the 6 & 7 year old competitors.
This group is restricted to the use of the factory sealed
Briggs & Stratton 206 engine. These programs will
be run in conjunction with the VP Racing Fuels ET Series.
Dragster King of the Track race added for 2015
On Saturday October 17, 2015 a Jr Dragster King of the
Track Race will be contested between the champions of
the two E.C.O.P.E. Jr Dragster Classes. Race will be conducted
on a best 2 out of three runs. The race will be run at
the conclusion of the Buddy Scurto Memorial Jr Dragster
Bracket Race. If the two competitors are eliminated early
in the Bracket race we will start the King of the Hill
more information about New England Dragway, visit newenglanddragway.com.
Drags Announces 2015 Schedule
11th season of drag racing at Skyview Drags
includes four 2-Day race weekends,
three double points races, and a host of special
events all leading up to the IHRA Bracket Finals 09/30 -
track's first Points Race will be held on Saturday, 05/09.
There is a 2-Day race scheduled for Memorial Day weekend
on Saturday 05/23 & Sunday 05/24, with Sunday's race
being the first double points race of the season. Another
2-Day race is scheduled for Saturday 06/06 & Sunday
Saturday 06/20 is the special Girls Gone Racing event
in addition to normal points races. The Northern Summer
Nationals 2-Day race will be held on Saturday 07/04 &
Sunday 07/05, with Sunday's race being the second double
points race of the season. In addition, the Pro Stick
Racing Series returns on Saturday, 07/04.
Mid-Season Points Race will be held on 07/18 and then
the track is closed for our break on Saturday 07/25. On
08/01 is the IHRA Ironman Classic for Super Pro, Pro,
Bike/Sled, Street Money & Junior Dragster racers.
On 08/08 is the annual Chad Wilcox Memorial Bike/Sled
Shootout in addition to normal points races.
Day weekend will bring the final 2-Day race on Saturday
09/05 & Sunday 09/06, with Sunday's race being the
last double points race of the season.
09/19 is the last day of qualifying points to crown Summit
Super Series Champions in Box, No Box & Junior Dragster
classes and end the qualifying period for making the team
that will travel to Pittsburgh.
wraps up their season on 09/26 with the Halloween Classic,
which is the final points race of the season. Because
of the change to the Bracket Finals dates, the Halloween
Classic is only 1 day this year so that if any of the
racers break that weekend, they have Sunday - Wednesday
to make repairs and still get to the Bracket Finals to
race for the team.
more information about Skyview Drags, visit www.skyviewdrags.com.
Park Dragway Releases Its 2015 Big Events Schedule
Park Dragway ("MPD") has put together another
year of special events for bracket racers.
kicks it into gear in April with the Spring Championship
paying “Tres 3Ks” or $3,000 to win in 3 different
races for delay box racers and $1,000 to win for no box
cars. The Memorial Classic comes up next with $5,000 to
win each day plus 32 car shootouts for delay box racers
and competition for no box, 1/4 mile Super Street, and Junior
Dragsters. The Ultimate 64 Shootout comes up in June featuring
the richest 64 car field in the country paying $50,000 to
the winner plus 3-10Ks and more. July is another month with
a multi-day special event as the 7th Annual Hillbilly Showdown
fires up July 4th weekend and features a $10,000 win 64
car field plus big money box & no box and exhibitions
and fireworks on Saturday night.
Sat - Sun, April 11-12: Spring Championship
- Sun, May 22-24: Memorial Classic
- Sun, June 12-14: Ultimate 64 Shootout
- Sun, July 3-5: Hillbilly Showdown
- Sun, Aug 15-16: George & Joey Memorial
- Sun, Sept 19-20: Fall Championship
- Sun, Sept 26-27: Mopar Southern Classic
Oct 3: King Of The Bluegrass
- Sun, Oct 16-18: Ken-Mor Bluegrass Nats
- Sun, Nov 14-16: Toys Thanksgiving Classic
more information on their website www.mpdragway.com.
News: Auto Meter Supports Canadian Race Series
friends at Auto Meter Products are returning
for their third season supporting the Canada-based DSE
Automotive Sportsman Racing Series, contributing
$2,000 in certificates towards the Year-End Championship Fund
which will reward top points racers in Super Pro, Modified,
Super Bike/Sled and Quick 16 during this next season.
are truly excited and greatly appreciative to have Auto
Meter Products return for another season to support both
our racers and the series” said Series Director Andrew
Stirk. “ We think it's great to have the
support of such a notable manufacturer backing our series
in such a notable way.” Racers
will be eligible to win the Auto Meter Certificates as well
as thousands of additional dollars in cash and prizes by
joining the DSE Sportsman Series Points Membership Program
this Spring. Racers will be able to join the membership
at various auto shows the series will be attending in the
coming months, or by downloading and mailing in a points
registration form with payment that can be found on the
Sportsman Series website.
Meter is an industry leader in performance instruments,
which includes gauges, tachometers, consoles, battery testing
and charging equipment. Auto Meter also owns Dedenbear Products,
which produces delay boxes, nitrous controllers, shifters
and throttle stops & controllers for those running in
the .90 classes in the NHRA and IHRA.
first event in the DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series
is the 4th Annual Season Opener which takes place June 6th
-7th at Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park. The
DSE Sportsman Racing Series features six different classes
and a points structure where racers claim their best 8 out
of 12 points races during the season. For more information
on the series visit www.SportsmanRacingSeries.ca.
Grove Raceway's Index Series Returning in 2015
Grove Raceway will once again present a season of
index racing in 2015 with cars competing in three classes:
8.50, 10.00 and 11.50. It’s been described as doorslammer
racing meets bracket racing. One thing’s for sure, Index
Racing brings out the best in competition as racers go heads
up, leaving the starting line at the same time and racing
down the quarter-mile to the finish line. Races
are scheduled for:
May 9: A special race for 11.50 cars only. The winner
and runner-up will be part of a special eight-car showcase
eliminator at the NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Raceway
Park in Englishtown, N.J. Joining the Maple Grove entrants
will be two cars each from Atco, Cecil County and Raceway
fee for 8.50 is $100, while 10.00 and 11.50 is $55. Throttle
stops/controllers and/or delay boxes/devices are prohibited
in all classes. For complete rules and payout information,
visit the Index Series info page at Maple Grove’s
10 Challenge at Memphis International Raceway
International Raceway announces the Top 10 Challenge
in 2015. The new program will give racers a chance to see
where they rank during weekly events this year. Racers that
participate in Test N Tune, Midnight Madness and Street Warz
can battle it out for a top spot, bragging rights and prizes.
The Top 10 Challenge will consist of two qualifying sessions
at each event and racers will be ranked fastest to slowest
by their ET. Times will not be published on the top-10 list
so participants must place "NT" on their windows.
There is no additional fee to enter and it is for door cars
top 10 from Test N Tune, Midnight Madness and Street Warz
will compete against each other in a final showdown on Friday,
September 25 during Midnight Madness.
who compete in the challenge and rank in the top 10 will
receive a one-time free entry in the R.T. Turbines DOT/Street
class during the Summit Bracket Racing Series presented
by COMP Cams. In addition, the top three from Test N Tune,
Midnight Madness and Street Warz will receive plaques and
passes to the IHRA Summit Racing Equipment World Finals
featuring the Nitro Jam Nationals. The overall winner of
the MIR Top 10 Challenge will be named
"King of the Track" and walk away with $500 in
prize money; the remaining nine will receive $50 each.
The Top 10 Challenge will kick-off during
the following events: Test N Tune on Thursday, March 5,
Midnight Madness on Friday, March 20 and Street Warz on
Friday, April 3, and will continue all season log until
the finals on September 25. For
more information, please visit www.RaceMIR.com.
Lopez’ COPO Camaro Ready for Stock Eliminator in NHRA
Lopez will be driving his Ace Door-sponsored 2014
COPO Camaro in NHRA Division 4 Stock Eliminator during the
would like to thank Todd and Allen Patterson from Patterson
Racing Inc for their help in setting up the COPO.
Super Series 2014 Top 5: 1st Place - Jason Vitez
Vitez of Elma, NY dominated the 2014 TNT Super
Series points chase by taking the lead right from the first
race. He won that race back in May at Empire Dragway taking
out past TNTSS champion Ted Barnes. Vitez then continued
to lead the points most of the season going rounds at multiple
events and capitalizing on new qualifying points system.
He gave up the lead briefly to Barnes in August but then
took it back decisively with another event win on Labour
Day Saturday night over the 2014 Rookie of the Year, Pete
Maduri Sr. (continued)
Dragway Announces Payout Updates for 2015 Season
Dragway has announced payout updates for the 2015
season in Super Pro ET and Pro ET bracket classes. Super
Pro will pay a guaranteed $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up,
and $60 Round starting with 2nd Round win. Super Pro entry
is $80; buybacks are $60.
Pro ET will pay a guaranteed $1,500
Win, $500 Runner-Up, and $50 Round starting with
2nd Round win. Pro ET entry is $60; buybacks are $50.
Opening Day for Numidia Dragway will be
Friday, April 3rd for the Friday Night Street Legal Drags.
The track’s 2015 schedule is now available for download
by clicking HERE
. For more information about the track, visit www.NumidiaDragway.com.
Dragway’s Valentine’s Day Test & Tune; ATI
To Sponsor Pro Tree Doorslammers Class
those of you who are in a committed relationship with your
race car, what better place to celebrate Valentine’s
Day than Rockingham Dragway. The track
opens its gates for the first time in the new year on February
14 to host the initial event in the 2015 Rock Solid Test-and-Tune
know it’s not where you might usually celebrate
Valentine’s Day, but why not?” asked ... (continued)
Raceway Park's Super 7 Series Opener
to our racing friends in Alabama, get ready to light ‘em
up at Montgomery Raceway Park’s 2105 series
opener of the Super 7 Series. This three day event is Friday
– Sunday, February 27th – March 1st.
Pro races all three days. Friday’s payout
is ... (continued)
The Paging Lanes: Drag Racing Takes Center Stage in PRI's
again, Performance Racing Industry confirms
how important the drag race market is to the industry by devoting
an entire issue to our sport. And notice the cars they chose
for their cover: Sportsman cars!
proud to have been included in this article numerous times
(you can see one of the mentions in the highlighted area
can read the entire issue online HERE.
involved in the business end of the drag racing market,
such as an engine builder, chassis shop, speed shop, etc.,
and have never attended the annual PRI Show, you don't know
what you're missing. You can get a complete look at the
2014 show by visiting our Dragtime News On Location
more information about Performance Racing Industry,
Division 1 Chassis Certification Dates; Bracket Finals news
National Hot Rod Association has announced
a schedule of Division 1 chassis certification dates. Contact
each track directly for arranging for a certification.
February 28 & March 1 - Virginia Motorsports Park
7 - Atco Dragway
14 & 15 - Mason-Dixon Dragway
14 - Old Bridge Twp. Raceway Park
21 & 22 - New England Dragway
21 & 22 - US 13 Dragway
21 - Island Dragway
4 - Lebanon Valley Dragway
11 - Numidia Dragway
2 - South Mountain Raceway
16-17 - Luskville Dragway
NHRA Division 1 news, as many of the D1 racers are already
aware The Summit Racing Series ET Bracket Finals will be
at Atco Dragway in 2015. What you might not know is the
track operators have voted to do a rotation for ET Finals
location as follows: Lebanon Valley Dragway (2016) , Numidia
Dragway (2017), US 13 Dragway (2018) and Atco Dragway (2019).
The Summit JDRL Division Championships will return to Numidia
Dragway for 2015.
2015 Summit Pro Am Season Opener at Immokalee
first race of the 2015 International Hot Rod Association's
Summit Pro Am set a record for entries over the
weekend at Immokalee (Fla.) Regional Raceway. Competition
was fierce: Two complete races were contested and the final
rounds of eliminations produced no repeat winners.
Weekend winners included: Troy Williams
and Larry Flynn (Hot Rod), Leonard
Schrimscher and Leonard Mattinsly
(Stock), John Brannen
and John Labbous Jr.
(Quick Rod), John Taylor and David
O'Bryon (Top Sportsman), Steve Furr
and Wayne Bogle (Super Rod), Stanley
Albritton Jr. and Steve Dweck
(Top Dragster), Mark Nowicki
and Mike Pearson (Super
Stock), William Craft
and Julian Puya (Jr. Dragster
Beginner), Courtney Mee
and Brooke Debonis (Jr.
Dragster Advanced) and Camryn Fredrickson
and Samantha Hollingsworth
(Jr. Dragster Master). (continued)
Up Index Program Outline for 2015 NHRA Division 2 Southeast
the 2015 season, the NHRA Southeast Division
will continue to run a “Heads Up” Index class
at all of its Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events. In
an effort to maintain and grow the participation in the
Index class, the 2015 program will be combined into one
single eliminator category of an 11.00 second index.
There will not be a 10.00 or 12.00 eliminator category this
season. Now entering its 5th season on the NHRA Southeast
schedule, the purse has been restructured to show more parity
with the primary classes on the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
schedule. The purse will paid in round money, which starts
with racers eliminated in Round 3. The “Heads Up”
category now pays $1,000 to win and $400 for runner-up.
Entry fee for the class will be $125 for the car/driver.
The class will continue to be a part of the season points
championship program. Points will be earned by counting
a driver’s best 5 finishes from the presently scheduled
7 events in 2015. The winning driver will receive an NHRA
Division Championship Wally, a Division Champion’s
jacket, and a “Gold Card” for the 2016 Heads
rules and requirements remain the same as previous years,
and mirror those of the GENERAL REGULATIONS sections of
the 2015 NHRA rulebook with the following clarifications
specific to the NHRA Southeast “Heads Up” category:
Eligible Vehicles: Reserved for full-bodied
cars with full fenders, hoods, grille, top, windshield,
all other windows, and functional doors. No open-bodied
cars of any description are permitted. Tree Type:
The class will run on an 11.00 index with a .500 Pro Tree.
Ladder Type: Sportsman. Also, the same
car and/or driver combinations may compete in one other
eliminator (Super Street, Super Gas, Super Comp, Stock,
or Super Stock only) and Index class only.
more information, visit the NHRA Division 2 website at www.nhradiv2.com.
The Lens of Dave Milcarek: Atco Dragway Awards Banquet
at this cool montage that our friend Dave Milcarek
assembled from his night at the Atco Dragway Awards
Banquet! Thanks for sharing with us, Dave. To see
all of his excellent drag race photography, visit Dave
Milcarek Photography at www.DaveMilcarek.com.
Super Series 2014 Top 5: 3rd Place - Tom Coonly
Coonly from Blasdell, New York drove his 1975 Chevy
Nova to a third place finish in the 2014 Joe's Transmission
TNT Super Series. With 657 points, Coonly was in contention
right up until the final race of the season..
winning the second race at Cayuga in early June, Coonly
drove to the semis at Lancaster and followed that up with
a runner-up in the Sister Act Band SHOOT-OUT at Empire
in August. Another final round on Labour Day weekend at
Cayuga and then strong qualifying performances to end
the season put him solidly in third place. (continued)
Grove Raceway Will Repave To All-Concrete Racing Surface
PA - Maple Grove Raceway's quarter-mile, NHRA-sanctioned
drag strip will undergo a significant facelift in order
to create a better, more consistent racing surface for its
racers. The track will be torn up beginning at the 770-foot
point of the track and will continue past the finish line.
The track currently is concrete from the starting line to
the 770-foot point. The old paving will be replaced to create
an all-concrete drag strip from start to finish.
are making a significant investment in the... (continued)
Dragway Announces 2015 Schedule
N.C. – Rockingham Dragway owner
Steve Earwood announced a comprehensive 2015
schedule that for the first time in 17 years features the
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series along with the PDRA Pro
Mod Series, the AMRA all-Harley Motorcycle Series, the Dieffenbach
Classic Rock Super Chevy Show presented by Richmond County
Tourism and even a race that uses manpower instead of horsepower.
track will open on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, for the
first event in the 2015 Rock Solid Test-and-Tune Series
and two weeks later will play host to the annual Racers
Appreciation weekend featuring free entry for all ET racers.
first of Rockingham’s feature races will be the second
Mod Test Session In February At PBIR
Mod teams will have a test session at Palm Beach
International Raceway coming up on February
9th – 13th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each
day. All Pro Mods are welcome to participate in this testing
week, regardless of which organization they race in. It
is also open to the public to come watch.
Rowe, driver and owner of the Agave Underground
Tequila Pro Mod team, is one driver who is more than ready
to get back on the drag strip and start preparation for
the 2015 season. (continued)
Coast Stock / Super Stock Association's 2015 Schedule
East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association has announced
its 2015 schedule, which includes races at Atco Dragway
(Atco, NJ), Maple Grove Raceway (Mohnton,
PA) and Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
(Englishtown, NJ. (continued)
Force To Wear Bowtie in 2015
LINDA, CA - John Force Racing, Inc. and
Chevrolet announced that they will be joining
forces to back the 18-time NHRA Funny Car championship team
starting with the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
season. The multi-year agreement will see all three John
Force Racing Chevrolet Camaro Funny Cars adorned with the
iconic gold bowtie as well as the JFR Top Fuel dragster.
Force is a champion and a legend both on and off the track,
as a driver and as a team owner,” said Jim Campbell,
Chevrolet Vice President for Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.
“John Force is a racer’s racer and a...
Plus Raceway Kicks Off 2015 With A Win
message from Auto Plus Raceway, Gainesville, FL - "What
a great event the New Year's Bracket Bash turned out to be!
First off, thank you to all of the racers that made the drive
and spent their hard-earned cash to participate in this event.
We had 70+ cars in our No-Box class, and around 90 in the
Box category. As a result, we decided... (continued)
Vibrations Motorsports Named Title Sponsor for 2015 Southwestern
International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) has announced
that Good Vibrations Motorsports has been
named title sponsor for the season-opening Southwestern
Nationals at Southwestern International Raceway,
as well as presenting sponsor for IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing
Series™ (NJDRS) events in Spokane and Edmonton. In addition
to expanding their role with the IHRA's premier series, Good
Vibrations Motorsports will also return as sponsor of the
IHRA's Top Sportsman and Top Dragster categories... (continued)
Racer Porcelli Wraps Up Championship 2014 Season, Plans Upgrades
friend and hard-core Michigan bracket racer Vince
Porcelli checked in recently to let us know how his
2014 season went, and it sounds like it went pretty well!
Said Vince, “In 2014 we won the Top ET Championship
at Ubly Dragway in Ubly, MI. We were the Opie Top Dawg winner
for the 5th time in a row at Lapeer Dragway in Lapeer, MI.
We were on the Ubly Bracket Finals team for IHRA in Martin
and got down to 3 cars and red lit.” (continued)
Mod Returns To IHRA in 2015
IHRA has announced that Pro Modified will return to IHRA
competition in 2015 led by class sponsor Crower Racing Products.
class will feature quarter-mile competition and an open
field at most all Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series events...
Super Series 2014 Top 5: 4th Place - Ted Barnes
his Chevy-powered Datsun 510, Caistorville Ontario's Ted
Barnes finished fourth in the 2014 Joe's Transmission
TNT Super Series championship points chase with 625 points.
who also happens to be the TNTSS Director of Operations,
started the season with a runner-up finish at Empire Dragway
and quickly ... (continued)
International Announces 2015 Schedule
International Raceway has announced its 2015 schedule.
The 2015 MIR schedule will consist of 104 race days with
the season opener on March 7-8. Signature special events
in 2015 will include: Performance Swap Meets, Door Wars,
Mickey Thompson Tires IDBL motorcycle events, NMRA Ford
Nationals, Mountain Motor Nationals, Custom T’s Grudge
events, War on Wheels events, IREV Import events, IHRA Nitro
Jam President's Cup Nationals, ... (continued)
Message From S&W Race Cars
City, PA – In the wake of the sudden and unexpected
loss of S&W’s President Scott Weney,
his extraordinary team is standing strong, straight, alert
and focused. The Weney family and their management group
assures the motor sports community of S&W’s commitment
to deliver innovation and excellence as the company has
done for over 55 years. (continued...)
Year’s Bracket Bash at Auto Plus Raceway
FL - Hey, Southeast bracket racers! You’ll have
two days after New Year’s to sleep it off and get
yourselves together for the New Year’s Bracket
Bash at Auto Plus Raceway on Saturday,
January 3rd, 2015.
The classes are Box and No Box. The payouts
are the same in each: $2,500 Win, $750 Runner-Up, $200
Semis and $100 Quarters. Entry is $65, buybacks are $35.
All races are 1/8th mile. Throttle-stops
allowed in Box; door cars only in No Box. One driver can
enter the same car in both classes. Two drivers cannot
double the same car in a single class.
open at 9:30 am with time runs at 11:00 am. Visit www.AutoPlusRacway.com
for more information.
2014 PRI Trade Show Fuels Optimism in Racing Industry
days of enthusiastic buyers packing the aisles and shopping
the latest technology from more than 3200 booths generated
record numbers at the 27th Annual Performance Racing
Industry (PRI) Trade Show at the Indiana Convention
Center in Indianapolis. “It’s been a great Show,”
said John Kilroy, PRI Trade Show producer
(pictured right). “The PRI Show is often
a reflection of the state of the racing industry. From what
we saw, the state of the industry has some real strength
and momentum to it.” (continued...)
for an in-depth Dragtime News On Location from the 2014
PRI Show to be published soon. Stay tuned...
Harrigan and Wildcard Racing Preparing For Nitro Jam Competition
racer Michael Harrigan and Wildcard
Racing has been busy at work testing at Palm Beach
International Raceway with the team’s fuel altered with
Paul Smith as crew chief and help from Paul Richards and his
crew. They also have a new body in the wings that will be
coming out shortly. Says Harrigan, “We will start testing
with our Plymouth Duster body next February in preparation
for some Nitro Jam events starting in Bradenton. This is a
new car for us. The Duster will be our primary body. Right
now we’re making cosmetic changes to it and plan on
painting it early 2015. It will be different than any Dusters
tested with the fuel altered body the last few months of
2014 and will be testing for the IHRA Nitro Jam series early
2015 at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR). So far
we will be competing in the Bradenton and West Palm Nitro
Jams and will add additional races through the year. We
will also match race with the Duster and fuel altered at
special events/match races. We may have drivers license
in or rent our equipment as well.
crew is small and consists of friends who work for Paul
Smith and Paul Richards (both nitro funny car teams). Our
shop is based out of West Palm Beach Florida and our home
track is Palm Beach International Raceway (IHRA).”
for 2015 are Tempstar Heating and Cooling Products, A.G.
Air Conditioning and Heating Service, Florida Brake and
Truck Parts and SG Fabrications.
Pro Mod Racers: Upgrade Your Stroud Safety Drag Chute To Comply
With NHRA Rule Change
message from our friends at Stroud Safety:
“Per NHRA rule Section 20: General Regulations, Frame:
4, 4:8 Parachutes (Page 19): '…Parachutes must have
their own independent mounting with sleeved 3/8-inch minimum
steel bolts or steel pins required for all applications unless
otherwise stated in Class Requirements. The use of ball-lock
pins for parachute mounting prohibited.'
$150.00, we will upgrade your Stroud Chute to comply with
the new regulations. We will also inspect your chute thoroughly
for any damage that may affect proper operation and safety
of your chute. If any damage is found, we will inform you
of repair cost or if you need a new chute. Call us at 405-632-2022
if you have any questions or if you need to discuss your
particular concerns or requirements.”
Stroud at www.stroudsafety.com
for more information on Stroud Safety drag chutes and launcher
systems, restraint systems, ballistic containment, fire
suppression systems, fire suits and more. Check out Stroud’s
Chute Packing video HERE.
Be sure to like Stroud Safety on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stroudsafety.
Super Series 2014 Top 5: Phelps Tie at Fifth
NY - For the first time in the eight years of the Joe's
Transmission TNT Super Series, there is a tie in
the top five. Harris Phelps and his father
Harry both ended up with 614 points in the
2014 championship points chase. Both drivers made multiple
late round appearances including semi-final finishes for each
of them. That, in addition to each earning qualifying points
at every race and they both finished in fifth place.
of Marion, New York, Harris started the season strong with
back to back semi-final finishes and continued by going
rounds at all but two events. His goal in 2015 is to get
a TNTSS win and qualify for the REVS Full Throttle Powersports
RACE OF CHAMPIONS.
and his dad have never met in eliminations until this year.
"For the first time ever we had to race each other
in eliminations with dad going .499 red to my .535 to send
me to the semis at Cayuga. Then we ended the year racing
each other with the tables turned and me going .499 red
to his .535 at Lancaster to send him to the semis which
ended up tying us in the points."
with a 8-8 win/loss record, Newark, New York's Harry Phelps
talked about how that is usually not enough to finish in
the top ten, let alone the top five. "With the new
point system with double qualifying points I was able to
make the top five by getting qualifying points at every
race," said Harry.In the eight races that counted for
his season points, Harry averaged over 21 qualifying points
added, "The car I’ve used for most of the season
and the past 30 years is a 1969 Nova with a 468 big block
capable of 10.30's at 130 mph." Harry sold that car
and finished the season in a 1977 Pinto with a 434 small
block Chevy, which has run 8.78 at 153 mph.
more information, visit www.tntsuperseries.com.
IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Series Opener at Southwestern International
International Raceway in Tucson, AZ will play host
to the annual IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series season opener
at the 2015 Good Vibrations Motorsports Southwestern
Nationals presented by Budweiser, February
6-7, 2015 at SWIR. On the IHRA Nitro Jam schedule
every year since 2011, the annual season-opening race in the
desert has gotten bigger every year. With its unique collection
of cutting-edge racing technology, throwback nostalgia drag
racing and a thrilling jet-powered fire show, the Nitro Jam
Drag Racing Series has something for fans of all ages.
2015 Good Vibrations Southwestern Nationals will feature
two full days of championship drag racing at Southwestern
International Raceway. Fans will see all of the cars on
the property get two shots at qualifying for the elite field
on Friday, February 6 followed by the intense racing of
eliminations on Saturday, February 7. Both days will feature
sportsman racing throughout the day, plus activities for
the entire family during the IHRA Fan Fest.
the Nitro Funny Car stars that will be in attendance in
Tucson are the top five drivers from the 2014 IHRA championship
standings including defending IHRA Nitro Funny Car champion
Jason Rupert in the Bays & Rupert “Black Plague”
Camaro. Other drivers scheduled to compete include, “Mr.
Explosive” Mark Sanders, Mike “McAttack”
McIntire, Tim Boychuk in the “Forever Forward”
Pontiac and Bruce Litton in the “US Male” Vega
in a true showdown in the desert. In addition to IHRA’s
regulars, the event will also feature competition from the
CIFCA Funny Car organization, providing double the Funny
Car racing in Tucson.
US Bounty Hunters Pro Stock category is another popular
class that will return to SWIR in 2015. These 220 mph machines
roar down the quarter-mile in the low six-second range and
feature some of the most impressive and cutting-edge technology
in the sport today. Defending class champion Cary Goforth
will lead the field into Tucson, joining father Dean Goforth
with Goforth Racing, the Black Diamond Motorsports team
of John DeFlorian and Kevin Bealko and a full field of Pro
more information on the 2014 Good Vibrations Southwestern
Nationals presented by Budweiser, visit www.nitrojam.com.
England Dragway To Celebrate 2014 Champions
friends and racers of New England Dragway:
join the track on January 31, 2015 to celebrate the 2014 track
champions. This year's event returns to the Double
Tree Boston North Shore and promises an elegant evening
filled with excitement. It's the culmination of hard fought
battles in all of New England Dragway's points classes including
the VP Race Fuels ET Series. It's a great event for the entire
family thanks to the Coco Key Water Resort. In fact, New England
Dragway racers and fans can make it a getaway weekend thanks
to special pricing offered by the Double Tree and Coco Key.
Tickets are going fast and space is limited so act now. Purchase
your tickets online at Banquets
Tickets or call (603) 679-8001 today. And don't forget
to ask about special price tickets for the kids. Room Reservations
can be made by calling the hotel at 978-777-2500 or online
(use code "NED").
Pro Mod Association Welcomes Lamb Components
Components joins a growing list of companies showing
their support for the Real Pro Mod (RPM) Association
as a sponsor. During the 2015 NHRA Pro Mod series, Lamb Components
will participate in the RPM Round Rewards program, giving
cash bonuses to drivers for their accomplishments on race
day. Lamb will also provide products to be raffled off to
racers attending the RPM drivers meetings on Friday mornings
of each race weekend.
Components, Inc designs and manufactures drag racing front
suspension components, brake systems, shocks and related
products. The company states that they were the first to
develop carbon disc brakes for drag racing in 1987.
& Ellershaw and the Return of the SUPER CAMARO
& Ellershaw Racing with Al Liebmann will campaign a
1970 tribute version of the Super Camaro funny car as part
of the newly created "Classical Nitro AA/FC" group
along with the Frantic Ford Mustang AA/FC. Long smoky burnouts,
dry hops and side-by-side period-correct racing will be
just like in the era of 1970s funny cars.
The Super Camaro will feature a state-of-the-art
new nostalgia funny car chassis along with a period looking
fiberglass body with all the latest safety equipment,
making it legal to run at all NHRA & IHRA tracks.
original Super Camaro came out of a partnership between
Ray Gallagher and Perry Wyatt from Detroit. The construction
began in 1968. Tom Smith of Wolverine Chassis was contracted
to construct the chassis. Perry Wyatt built the all-steel
427 Chevrolet engine and the Torqueflight trans as well
has the 9-inch Ford rear. The 427 used a low rise Hilborn
four port injector on top of a Chet Blazik-prepped 6-71
blower. The chassis was suspended with ladder bars out
back and coil overs up front. Rear wheels were American
Bear Claws with Five-Spoke Americans up Front. Construction
delays prevented the Super Camaro from hitting the track
until the Spring of 1970. By that time it was basically
obsolete. It was raced mainly at Detroit Dragway, Milan
Dragway, Motor City and US-30 in Gary, IN, the Super Camaro
ran a best of 7.83 @ 200.89 mph.